Magazine article Public Finance

Procurement Specialist Begins Task to Save £1.5Bn for Schools

Magazine article Public Finance

Procurement Specialist Begins Task to Save £1.5Bn for Schools

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Quantifying savings in a meaningful way is going to be one of the toughest challenges of the government s efficiency drive, the man charged with securing more than £1bn in procurement gains has told Public Finance.

Ian Taylor began work as director of the Centre for Procurement Performance - a new specialist unit of the Department for Education and Skills set up to whip school and college procurement into shape - on May 16.

Improved procurement will have to deliver £1.5bn in savings - more than a third of the £4.3bn of annual efficiency gains required of the DfES.

'I think the most difficult part of the job is going to be measuring savings in a way the Treasury is going to be convinced by, especially as those savings are going to be recycled back into frontline services,' Taylor said.

In an interview with PF, he acknowledged there was a 'tremendous amount' to do to improve procurement in schools. 'There are some really good examples of great results but it's a varied picture. …

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