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Public sector procurement 'set for further reform'

17 September 2012

Buyers have been told to anticipate more procurement reforms from the government by 2016.

In comments reported by Supply Management, the government's deputy chief procurement officer Sally Collier suggested further moves to simplify and speed up public sector procurement are in the pipeline.

These changes will take place in addition to the European reforms currently being discussed, she said during last week's Procurement Conference 2012 in London.

"I think we're going to do it in four years, which is breakneck speed in Brussels. We're negotiating every week," Ms Collier commented.

She added that the bid to overhaul public sector procurement processes currently enjoys very strong backing from the government, with many ministers willing to discuss "the minutiae of procurement directives".

In August, Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced that the government's Efficiency and Reform Group had exceeded expectations by recording total savings of £5.5 billion for the taxpayer last year.

The savings were largely achieved by applying spending controls to the handling of IT contracts, property, marketing, temporary staff and consultancy within government departments.

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