Concern over ‘opaque’ Covid-related contracts

An analysis by the Open Contracting Partnership and Spend Network has found that the UK has spent more than £2.5bn on services and equipment related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The report raises concerns about “opaque” contracts around the world wasting money and putting lives at risk.

The two organisations, which have built a searchable database of international procurement contracts, warned that a lack of transparency and high-quality data about money spent with private firms meant huge sums could be wasted.

Full story in The Guardian, 1 September 2020

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