16 November 2000
Six local authorities are confident of meeting the government's target to carry out 90 per cent of routine procurement online by April 2001, despite government backtracking on the issue.
Cornwall, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Newport and the Isle of Wight will buy around £10 million of low-value, high-volume products on a pilot basis from local authority buying specialists the Consortium for Purchasing and Distribution (CPD) from next January.
Mervyn Dunstan, computer auditor at Cornwall County Council, said: "It's still early, but automatically processing invoices will save a considerable amount of time and money."
With the six councils generating around 100,000 orders a year, considerable savings are possible, according to Jeff Gould, managing director of the CPD. He added that the City of Westminster, Somerset County Council and Plymouth City Council are also considering pilots.