FOI/2015/09

The Request

Received on 20 Febrary 2015

Please find below a series of questions on the British Council’s use of the Government Procurement Card (GPC). Hopefully you will be able to answer these for me – we have received this information from other government departments under the FOI act. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

• Who is your GPC provider (does this vary by internal/sub department), e.g. Barclaycard, etc.
• How many active cards do you currently have
• What is the length of contract (incl. start and finish dates)
• Does the contract have a break clause?
• What was the total spend (£) for:
a. FY 2012-2013
b. FY 2013-2014
• What types of cards do you hold as part of your GPC programme (corporate, Lodge/BTA, purchasing, prepaid)
• What is the percent (%) that each card type accounts for of total department GPC card spend?
• Do you have cards from different providers or are your cards all from the same provider
• What was the total department spend (£) for the following period (i.e. total spend irrelevant of whether this was made with a GPC card or through other payment methods – this is about total department travel and procurement spend)?
a. FY 2012-2013
b. FY 2013-2014

 

Our Response

Responded on 20 March 2015

Case Reference: IKM/FOI/2015/09

20 March 2015

Dear

Thank you for your request for information dated 20 February 2015 regarding a series of questions on the British Council’s use of the Government Procurement Cards. Your request has been handled under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) 2000 and has been passed to me for reply.

I can confirm, under section 1 (1) (a) of the FOIA, that the British Council does hold the information you have requested.

For your ease of reference, I have restated your questions below in bold and have provided our response beneath each question.

• Who is your GPC provider (does this vary by internal/sub department), e.g. Barclaycard, etc.

JP Morgan

• How many active cards do you currently have

1488 (1222 Corporate Cards and 266 Purchasing Cards)

• What is the length of contract (incl. start and finish dates)

June 2010 – Dec 2015

• Does the contract have a break clause?

Yes

• What was the total spend (£) for:

a) FY 2012-2013
£5,669,133.38   (£4,577,320.37 Corporate Cards + £1,091,813.01 Purchasing Cards)

b) FY 2013-2014
£5,598,301.35 (4,548,661.39 Corporate Cards + £1,049,639.96 Purchasing Cards)

• What types of cards do you hold as part of your GPC programme (corporate, Lodge/BTA, purchasing, prepaid)

Corporate Cards and Purchasing Cards

• What is the percent (%) that each card type accounts for of total department GPC card spend?
Corporate cards = 75%
Purchasing cards = 25%

• Do you have cards from different providers or are your cards all from the same provider

No

• What was the total department spend (£) for the following period (i.e. total spend irrelevant of whether this was made with a GPC card or through other payment methods – this is about total department travel and procurement spend)?

a) FY 2012-2013   £784,261.00

b) FY 2013-2014   £878,430.00

The figures above are for total resources expended and so include grants awarded.

I hope the information provided has been useful.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to:

Freedom of Information Officer
Information Security and Governance
British Council
Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street
Manchester
M1 6BB
Email: foi@britishcouncil.org

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have a right to appeal to the Information Commissioner for a decision at:

The Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Phone: 0303 123 1113
Website: www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Information Policy Advisor: FOI | Information Security & Governance

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