On 21 April, Transparency International released a new report – “Track and Trace”, a comprehensive study to date of UK public procurement during the pandemic and involved a painstaking review of nearly 1,000 contracts worth a total of £18 billion. The report details how critical safeguards designed to prevent corruption were suspended without adequate justification. The report concludes that poor record keeping combined with opaque, uncompetitive contracting and a suspiciously high number of awards to companies with political connections has undermined public trust and justifiably fuelled criticism of the Government.
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