OGCbs criticises departments' spending habits

13 June 2007
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14 June 2007 | Antony Barton

Large government departments will improve their buying habits because of budget cuts, rather than voluntarily, according to the head of OGCbuying.solutions (OGCbs).

Alison Littley, OGCbs chief executive, told supplymanagement.com that such departments choose not to improve their procedures by using OGCbs because of a "recognition that if people have enough resources to be able to do things as they like, when they like and how they like, then they do".

Her comments follow criticism from the National Audit Office in December that revealed central government spend through OGCbs accounted for only five per cent of its total.

Littley said the next comprehensive spending review will force departments to look at their resources and consider different approaches, perhaps using collaborative spend.

The comments came as Littley discussed OGCbs' three-year strategic plan, which covers understanding customer needs; upskilling the organisation; providing the correct e-platforms and tools; and introducing category management.

For more information, see the 21 June issue of SM.


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