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SSRO launches new and updated pricing guidance

Posted 25 January 2024

The Single Source Regulations Office (SSRO) has released new and updated pricing guidance, which sees greater choice, flexibility and simplicity for how some non-competitive defence contracts can be priced from April 2024.


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The SSRO is inviting views on the new updated pricing guidance, which comes into force on 1st April 2024.

The guidance includes the introduction of:

  • Alternative pricing methods for contracts, which will see non-competitive defence contracts able to be priced in new ways. For example, an item could be priced by reference to competitive markets: simplifying and speeding up procurement.
  • More flexibility and transparency through broadening the ability for a contract to be split into different components or parts, each with its own profit rate and price (known as componentisation). This will allow contract prices to better reflect risk-sharing between the MoD and defence contractors.
  • Rationalisation of how the contract profit rate is to be calculated, removing two steps from the existing six step process and simplifying the agreement of contract profit rates.

The guidance takes account of industry and MoD views shared in workshops and meetings and in their responses to SSRO working papers issued in May 2023.

There will be corresponding changes in reporting requirements, which will also come into force from 1st April 2024. SSRO plans to consult on these from mid-February and issue details of the reporting guidance changes from mid-March.

The SSRO will host a series of stakeholder seminars and workshops on pricing and reporting topics. Dates and registration details will be provided on the webpages linked to below and also sent directly to stakeholders in the near future.

John Russell, SSRO Chief Executive, said: “The MoD is bringing considerable changes to the existing regulatory framework, including new provisions that can be used in single source defence contracting. These changes bring greater flexibility and speed for the MoD and the defence industry in agreeing contracts.

"We will support industry, the MoD and its delivery organisations through these changes. We are updating our guidance and providing practical support. You will see us on the ground working closely with you; remaining independent but using our skills to support you in using the guidance we have developed.

"We have published our guidance now to give you time to become familiar with it ahead of it going live in April. We are keen to hear your feedback, which will help us to further improve the guidance.”

The consultation is available here:

The consultation seeks views on the following new and updated pricing guidance:

The consultation is open until 17th April 2024 and the SSRO welcomes your views. If you would like to discuss any aspect of the guidance, contact David Goodwin: david.goodwin@ssro.gov.uk or 020 3771 4790.

Later in 2024 SSRO will update the guidance to incorporate feedback from this consultation and will benefit from the early practical experience of the MoD and defence industry contractors as they apply the new guidance and the legislation.

 

 

 

 

 

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