Arguments against frameworks – here and elsewhere – seem to pick up on a few cases of bad procurement and apply these as true across all frameworks

There are few “perfect” frameworks, but by the same token there are few partnering agreements that can be shown to provide value for money.

In these straitened times, there does need to be a wider debate around the application of frameworks. As they are unlikely to just go away, maybe we need to move away from the “four legs good, two legs bad” mentality, and see where they can be made to work, build up more useful examples of best practice, and share experiences.

James Allen