Multi-disciplinary teams from across government digital and procurement departments are joining forces to create "model contracts" which will be used across government procurement.
The government first began trying to make procurement documents clear in 2015, but this was in specific segments of government on certain frameworks. Now, teams across a wider collection of government departments are joining forces to do the same across the public sector.
The plans form part of the government's aims to make it easier for businesses - particularly SMEs - to work with it.
The process to improve contracts kicked off with a Discovery phase, which involved multi-disciplinary teams from the Crown Commercial Service, Government Digital Service and Government Legal Department joining up to look at how to improve procurement contract wording.
"We'd like to find out about the user needs for creating 'model contracts' that work across CCS for the most commonly used goods and services," said a government blog, which was co-written by the GDS' Warren Smith and Jason Waterman from the CCS.
The new contracts will be designed to meet user needs; for simplicity and clarity; for consistency; and for continuous improvement.
The blog added that keeping things simple is key.
"Contracts often contain lots of information (some of it irrelevant) and complex concepts," it said. "By using the GOV.UK style guide, we can keep our language as simple as possible and our content consistent. We'd like to explore other ways to communicate complex information.
"We know that 'one-size-fits-all' approaches to model contracts don't work. This is because they try to cover all possible eventualities, so they contain things that may not be relevant. For example, what's relevant to digital and technology commercial relationships, may not be relevant to facilities management, marketing or office supplies.
"We'd like to explore developing design patterns to give a consistent quality and user experience across contracts. These patterns might include sets of model terms and conditions, which can be assembled simply and quickly, in a way that meets the contract users' needs."
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