November 8, 2011
“Oh no, here we go again” will be the response of many public sector buyers to the findings of the Future Purchasing /Henley Business School report. An understandable response. Not for the first time, an outside body is critical of the effectiveness of procurement in local authorities, central government and beyond. As our cover feature (p26) sets out, the research estimates £37 billion could be saved before the next election and £70 billion over two parliaments. (more…)
August 31, 2010
At the risk of sounding preoccupied with the UK public sector, we can’t ignore developments of the past few weeks.
The Audit Commission is to be scrapped, 44,000 cost-saving ideas have been posted on the UK Spending Challenge website, and two big hitters have been appointed to spearhead the latest efficiency effort.
John Collington, now former Home Office commercial director, was expected to take up his post as head of procurement in the Cabinet Office’s new Efficiency and Reform Group yesterday. And Sir Philip Green, the chief of clothing retailer Arcadia Group, has been asked by prime minister David Cameron to lead an external review of government spending. (more…)