Cloud 9: the future of public procurement
- Document type
- Hitchcock, Alexander; Mosseri-Marlio, Alexander
- Date of publication
- 7 March 2016
- Social Policy
- Social welfare
- Material type
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Each year, central government spends around £40 billion procuring goods and services. This expenditure is underpinned by a very clear rationale: purchasing from third parties delivers value for money.
When the Coalition Government came to power there were widespread concerns this principle was not being realised in practice. A number of initiatives to improve procurement were launched, but these have delivered mixed results.
The lack of transparent and robust data means analysing public sector procurement is a difficult task. This report has therefore been informed by more than 20 semi-structured interviews with senior procurement officials, parliamentarians and suppliers.
This paper makes a series of recommendations for government procurement, which include:
- Expanding the number of services listed on the new Crown Marketplace, including appropriate parts of the Aspire contract.
- The Crown Marketplace as a single portal for the e-procurement of goods and services.
- Scaling up pre-market engagement, by moving more supplier engagement online.
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