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Government 'making slow progress on procurement'
The government is moving in the right direction with its procurement reforms, but the rate of progress has been slow so far.
This is the conclusion of a new survey by the CBI, which asked nearly 100 businesses for their views on the current drive to overhaul procurement in the public sector.
Firms gave the implementation of procurement reform an average score of 5/10, while achieving faster procurement received 4/10. However, government policy on the issue was rated 8/10 on average.
CBI director general John Cridland cited the West Coast Main Line rail franchise deal, which was awarded to FirstGroup before the government scrapped its decision last month due to flaws in the bidding process, as an example of the challenges that still exist.
"The recent problems over the procurement of the West Coast franchise have once again highlighted the challenge the public sector faces," he commented.
"As the complexity of deals increases, we need to see urgent improvement in the level of commercial skills that are second-nature to businesses, but are too often absent in public sector procurement."
The survey was published ahead of the CBI's annual conference, which is entitled Forging a New Economic Future and will take place at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on November 19th.
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