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Who is eligible for the Government Payment Card?

Any qualifying public sector organisation can take advantage of the framework contract. This includes: Central, Civil Government Departments and Agencies, non-departmental Public Bodies (listed in the latest edition of the Civil Service Yearbook), Devolved assemblies, local Government, Schools, Education, Health, Emergency services, Housing Associations and registered charities.

The definitive definition of a qualifying public sector organisation can be found in Regulation 3 of the Public Services Contracts Regulation of 1993, and amended in the Public Contracts (Works, Services and Supply) (Amendment) Regulations of 2000:

Exact definition of a public sector organisation (Regulation 3) [copy]

1. For the purposes of these Regulations, each of the following is a contracting authority:

a. Minister of the Crown

b. a government department

c. the House of Commons

d. the House of Lords

e. the Northern Ireland Assembly

f. a local authority

g. a fire authority constituted by a combination scheme under the Fire Services Act 1947

h. the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland

i. a police authority constituted under section 2 of the Police Act 1964 or a combined police authority established by an amalgamation scheme under that Act

 j. the Police Authority for Northern Ireland

k. an authority established under section 10 of the Local Government Act 1985

l. a joint authority established by Part IV of that Act

m. any body established pursuant to an order under section 67 of that Act

n. the Broads Authority

o. any joint board the constituent members of which consist of any of the bodies specified in paragraphs (f), (g), (i), (k), (l), (m) and (n) above

p. a joint or special planning board constituted for a National Park by an order under paragraphs 1 or 3 of Schedule 17 to the Local Government Act 1972

q. a joint education board constituted under the provisions of Part I of the First Schedule to the Education Act 1944

r. a corporation established, or a group of individuals appointed to act together, for the specific purposes of meeting needs in the general interest, not having an industrial or commercial character and:

i. financed wholly or mainly by another contracting authority or

ii. subject to management supervision by another contracting authority or

iii. more than half of the board of directors or members of which, or, in the case of a group of individuals, more than half of these individuals, being appointed by another contracting authority.

s. an association of or formed by one or more of the above

2. In the application of these Regulations to England and Wales, "local authority" in paragraph (1) above means

a. a county council, a district council, a London borough council, a parish council, a community council, or the Council of the Isles of Scilly;

b. the Common Council of the City of London in its capacity as local authority or police authority.

3. In the application of these Regulations to Scotland, "local authority" in paragraph (1) above means a regional, islands or district council or any joint board or joint committee within the meaning of section 235 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.

4. In the application of these Regulations to Northern Ireland, "local authority" in paragraph (1) above means a district council within the meaning of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 1972.

5. Where an entry specified in paragraph (1) above does not have the capacity to enter into a contract, the contracting authority in relation to that entity means a person whose function it is to enter into contracts for that entity.

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