Policy paper

Cabinet Office controls: version 5

This policy summary outlines the objectives, benefits, scope, and the responsibilities of your organisation when using the Cabinet Office spend controls.



The Cabinet Office controls help government organisations to reduce wasteful expenditure. Version 5 introduces new controls for commercial and also digital and technology expenditure.

In this guidance, we refer to the Cabinet Office Central Commercial Teams, which are part of the Government Commercial Function (GCF). The Cabinet Office Central Commercial Teams support the Government Chief Commercial Officer to deliver cross-government initiatives.

GDS refers to the Government Digital Service.

Published 30 April 2018