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Government outlines new construction procurement policy

2 June 2011

The Cabinet Office has outlined a new strategy for the construction sector that is aimed at reducing procurement costs.

Unveiled by Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, the new strategy will amend the way in which government procures construction across all sectors, cutting costs by 20 per cent by the end of the current parliamentary term.

Among the measures that will be taken is the foundation of a new government construction board, chaired by Paul Morrell, which aims to create a more efficient relationship between the public sector and construction firms.

Mr Maude stated that the changes will also benefit those in the building industry by offering superior efficiency and value for money.

"The public sector needs to be a better, more informed and strategic client. The construction industry, in turn, will benefit from a more collaborative working relationship," he said.

This comes after Paul Bettison, leader of Bracknell Forest Council, told Supply Management last month that procurement savings can play a vital role in helping the public sector achieve budget reduction targets.

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