Published: 19th Mar 2014

In November last year, I was delighted to be asked to give evidence to the communities and local government committee inquiry into local government procurement. The session gave Cles the opportunity to highlight the work we have been undertaking over the last five years on local government spend and how to use it for creating great economies, lives and places. The government last week published its findings of the inquiry and an associated set of conclusions and recommendations. On first glance, there is the same old, prosaic nature to them. They are missing some key points. The recommendations point towards a need for local authorities to use procurement to achieve value for money (efficiency); a need to collaborate across boundaries (efficiency); a need to simplify processes (efficiency); and a need to engage better with private organisations on outsourced contracts (efficiency).  Where is the progressive virtuous  ambition, which we and many … (To read the full article, subscribe below)