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Engaging with PUK

Government decided when setting up PUK that its services to the public sector should be paid for at the point of use. Although for general enquiries and project related issues on PFI/PPP related matters Departments, Public Sector Bodies and to a lesser extent the private sector can access some support free at the point of use by ringing our helpdesk on 020 7273 8384/8383 or contacting us at

PUK has established Framework Agreements with most government departments. These were set up when PUK was created in 2000 and have recently been renewed. Agencies, trading Funds and NDPBs are generally covered through the Frameworks. Individual commissions will generally be engaged by way of call-off from the Framework Agreements, using established day rates or fixed fees.

For local authorities and bodies not covered by the Framework contracts PUK will generally be engaged on a sole tender basis or through a Development Partnership Agreement (see below). Because of its unique status and public mission PUK will not generally compete for work with private sector organisations.

PUK has a special right under European Procurement regulations to enter into Development Partnership Agreements (DPAs) with any public sector organisation to support individual procurements without the authority having to compete the role. DPAs take the form of an agreement with the procuring authority based on pro-forma through which PUK becomes a co-sponsor of the procurement. This means that PUK will put its returns at risk against the successful completion of the procurement and will exercise a commensurate level of joint control over the process, thereby fully aligning its interest with the authority. PUK will be paid only on successful completion of the project or if it is cancelled for policy reasons.


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