Would central government buyers benefit from a stint in local government?

8 October 2008
Paul SnellAccording to local government (and former procurement) minister, John Healey, top civil servants should spend at least two years in a local authority running a public service programme. He believes this will broaden the experience of senior civil servants and give them an understanding of the country outside London. Maybe this kind of idea could also be applied to public sector procurement? Giving those working in central government procurement experience handling the issues that local authority buyers face. Why not even expand the scheme to include the NHS, emergency services and education, to give buyers a full range of experiences? Do you think central government buyers would benefit from such a scheme?
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