22 May 2008
Local councils have met most targets under the three-year national procurement strategy for local government.
But two objectives relating to the length of procurement processes and the uptake of e-marketplaces have yet to be met.
Councils were told to reduce the time from an initial OJEU notice to contract award by 10 per cent compared with a 2003 benchmark. But so far only 28 per cent of councils are measuring their speed, and only 19 per cent have reduced the time by up to 25 per cent. Each council was also meant to be using an e-marketplace by 2006, but latest figures show only 22 per cent have met this target.
The report advised councils to improve planning and negotiation skills to speed up processes. It also promised new guidance from the National eProcurement Project on the use of technology.
Targets met by councils included improving senior management's approach to purchasing.