Before using this agreement you must have internal approval. If you are in central government and spending over £100,000, you must also seek approval from the Professional Assurance Group. Refer to the Government Communication Service website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the approval process.
Charge for central government
Central government buyers (including Arm’s Length Bodies and Executive Agencies) using this framework are required to pay a charge of 1% of the total contract value.
The charge is a set contribution from all government communications expenditure through the frameworks and funds the Government Communication Service (GCS). It has been in existence since 2013/14 and approved by the Civil Service Board, Ministerial Board and with the agreement of all Directors of Communications.
The 1% management charge is collected by suppliers on behalf of GCS and is added to the total net value of each invoice. This charge is not payable by any buyers other than central government.
Before appointing an agency you will need to run a further competition, see the guidance notes for further information. You can use CCS’s eSourcing tool to do this, or your own process.
Duration of agreement
Your call off contract duration can be for up to four years and can run beyond the expiry of the framework, as long as it is awarded during the framework term.