Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Public Sector Needs to Manage Buying Better

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Public Sector Needs to Manage Buying Better

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Better management is needed to reap the full benefits of public sector purchasing schemes, according to Scotland's spending watchdog.

In a report published on July 23, Audit Scotland said the public sector had saved about 3% a year since 2006 as a result of improved procurement.

But 'weaknesses in programme management' had contributed to delays in implementing some planned changes, the watchdog found. Its report, Improving public sector purchasing, concluded: 'Better information on costs, savings and other benefits is needed to demonstrate the level of improvement and impact of the programme.'

Scottish public spending on goods and services is worth £8bn a year. The study assessed progress made since a 2006 review carried out by a leading public procurement expert, John McLelland.

He concluded that urgent action was needed across the public sector to improve the purchasing of goods and services. …

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