Whitehouse criticises Cummings cronyism in award of million-pound public sector contracts

Speaking to leading sector news outlet, PR Week, the Chair of the Whitehouse Consultancy, Chris Whitehouse, has criticised the award of major public relations, communications and media contracts to private firms without them first being advertised and open to competitive tender. The scheme was introduced by Dominic Cummings, controversial advisor to the Prime Minister, Boris Johns. Chris says:

“These are deeply disconcerting developments. Public procurement should always be, and be seen to be, open, transparent and competitive, so that suspicions of cronyism are not nurtured and value for money for the taxpayer is delivered. It’s truly shocking that contracts of this scale have been let on the sly. The PRCA should make urgent representation to the Cabinet Office to ensure that such behaviour ceases forthwith.”

The full text of the PR Week article can be found here.

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