Procurement News

Police Procurement: National Audit Office Report [March 2013]

In 2010-11 police forces spent £1.7bn buying in goods and services (excluding ICT) which represents around 13% of total force expenditure. Under pressures to reduce spending, the Home Office reduced funding to police forces by £2.1 billion in real terms during the 2010-15 spending review period. To help protect frontline policing, forces are planning to achieve 24% of these savings on procurement of goods and services (both ICT and non-ICT).


This report examines how procurement is currently undertaken and whether the Home Office is effective in discharging its procurement responsibilities to the police service. This includes how it assures the taxpayer that police procurement is value for money.

Improving Government Procurement: NAO Report [Feb 2013]

Central government, excluding the NHS, spent around £45bn in 2011-12 on buying goods and services ranging from items common across departments, such as energy, office supplies, and travel, through to specialist areas such as defence equipment and welfare to work services.


Since 2010, the government has made a number of changes to the governance structures around procurement, and has developed a Procurement Reform Strategy, led by the Cabinet Office. The fundamental aim of the Strategy is to improve the management of total procurement spending across central government by delivering a centralised procurement service through a newly-created body, the Government Procurement Service (GPS). The strategy also seeks to fund improvements in procurement capability, and to support the wider growth agenda including an aspiration for 25% of central government expenditure (direct and in the supply chain) to go to SMEs by 2015.


This report provides an overview of the procurement reform strategy, reviews the governance and accountability arrangements in place, and examines progress in its implementation.

Delivering Public Services Through Markets [June 2012]

Competition can deliver higher quality services and improve efficiency while maintaining equity. However, there are risks that need to be understood and managed to achieve value for money. In June 2012, the National Audit Office produced a report that highlighted the key principles that need to be addressed if value for money is to be secured when public services are delivered through markets. Jennifer Bayliss, Senior Analyst with the NAO has kindly provided PACAF with a summary of the key principles in a paper that includes a link to the report itself.

Judgement increases options for shared services [Feb 11]

supreme court judgement clarifies the extent to which public sector bodies need to comply with EU Regulations when placing contracts.

Creating Excellent Buildings [Jan 11]

Produced by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) this on-line guide [now archived] provides expert advice for people commissioning building projects. Experienced clients describe how to deliver a high quality building and get the best from all the people involved.

Infrastructure Cost Review [Dec 10]

Report by HM Treasury, suggests that the cost of major infrastructure projects could be cut by at least 15% (£2bn to £3bn pa) by improvements that include clearer accountability for project decisions, better focus on lowest outturn cost (rather than initial price) less use of bespoke solutions, and more risk-based assessemnt of procurement options.

An Introduction to Projects and Project Auditing [Oct 10]

Guidance published by the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors, provides a brief introduction to the management of projects and the roles that internal auditors can play.