01 November 2001
The UK government's purchasing card has surpassed its £150 million throughput for low-value high-volume goods three months before the November target.
Around £10 million is now going through the card each month," said Michael Killin, the recently appointed Office of Government Commerce (OGC) assistant director, e-commerce.
The card was introduced in 1997 to get control over low-value, high-volume transactions in all government departments and agencies. The target is to have £300 million worth of goods put through it annually by November 2002.
More than 1.3 million transactions have been carried out on the card, said Killin, who joined the OGC in 2000 from the Inland Revenue, where he helped implement the purchasing card scheme.
The Treasury wants the card to save £70 million annually by 2002, the end of Visa's five-year contract to run the scheme.
Killin estimated £30 million has now been saved. Last year's KPMG annual report on the government procurement card (GPC) said nearly £10 million had been saved in the three years since the card was introduced.
The 2001 report on the GPC is due at the end of November.