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CSR challenges for public procurement

20 October 2010

Today’s CSR sets out the Government’s belief that it should not be the default provider of important services, which is indicative of the Government’s decentralisation plans.

The challenge for procuring bodies will be in:

  • getting to grips with proposed new models of contracting;
  • understanding and implementing effective tariffs;
  • navigating the joint commissioning landscape;
  • meeting targets for service delivery from various types of organisation;

Whilst all the time remaining compliant with procurement law.

Not all of these challenges are new. However, the wide ranging reforms to Government on the ground will throw the joint commissioning tendering model into the spot light, with emphasis on the legality of and robust arrangements needed to really deliver contracts which harness the Government’s buying power and deliver value for money without damaging service delivery.

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