Good news is currently pretty limited but the High Court decision that the Health Secretary should have published all his PPE contracts. is certainly some. It found that:
“The Secretary of State acted unlawfully by failing to comply with the Transparency Policy” and that “there is now no dispute that, in a substantial number of cases, the Secretary of State breached his legal obligation to publish Contract Award Notices within 30 days of the award of contracts.”
“The Secretary of State spent vast quantities of public money on pandemic-related procurements during 2020. The public were entitled to see who this money was going to, what it was being spent on and how the relevant contracts were awarded.”
Additionally the Good Law Project, which brought the case, along with the three MP’s, Caroline Lucas, Leyla Moran and Debbie Abrahams, is cleverly pressing home their advantage by sending a letter to the Health Secretary where they suggest that as the government has “committed to learning lessons” (salient points I have highlighted below – click to enlarge) it should take certain measures:
The whole letter can be read here.
Given how keen the government professes to be to ‘save taxpayers’ money’, and thus not spend it on what now look like loosing legal challenges, they’re going have quite a task to argue against these proposals…