08 September 2008 | Jake Kanter
Schools in Wales have been urged to use framework agreements to cut the cost of education supplies and save up to £20 million.
A new guide for buyers in schools forecast that the use of established agreements could secure goods such as IT, education resources such as books and stationery from pre-qualified suppliers quickly and efficiently. The contract is also managed on behalf of the schools by Value Wales, the procurement arm of the Welsh government.
Andrew Davies, minister for finance and public service delivery, said in a statement: "An extra £20 million each year could be freed up for reinvestment back into schools in Wales if teachers saved money when buying everyday equipment."
Davies added that as many as 1,400 schools in the principality had signed up to at least one framework agreement in the past year, but he wanted to ensure more schools maximise their savings opportunities.
The guide also explained schools could acquire more recycled goods and reduce their carbon footprints by adopting frameworks for energy efficient IT.