Published: 10th Jan 2012

The pressure to demonstrate added value in public procurement is growing. Steve Malone explains how a new alliance is harnessing the spending power of social landlords Every year social landlords spend millions on furniture for their properties. The same goes for paint, kitchens, central heating systems, cavity wall insulation, waste management and cleaning services. The list goes on. With over 3,000 housing associations, local authority landlords and arm’s length management organisations in the UK, managing approximately 4.5 million homes, the buying power of the sector is significant. For many years now, social landlords have used this muscle, aggregating demand to drive down supply chain costs. But more recently there has been a move within the sector to explore the additional outcomes, besides efficiency and cost savings, that can be generated through collective procurement.