Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Need More Efficient Procurement

Magazine article Public Finance

Councils Need More Efficient Procurement

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Local authorities could save millions of pounds every year by improving their procurement practices, according to a government-commissioned report

The Keview of arrangements for efficiencies from smarter procurement in local government, led by ex- Westminster Council chief executive Bill Roots, aims to increase value for money for bought-in services.

The review recommended the appointment of a local government efficiency champion', and strengthening the role of Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnerships to make advice and information on the best deals more readily available to councils.

Roots said local authorities should forge better links with the voluntary sector and social enterprises and that Rieps should provide online resources such as model contracts.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has endorsed the report's findings and a plan for its implementation will be announced in April's Budget. …

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