The Budget

21 April 2009
There is always a certain amount of fervour that surrounds the Budget, but this year the media clamour seems to be more intense than I can ever remember. This is largely due to economic conditions and increasing discontent with the Labour government. But public sector buyers take note, at the eye of the storm this year is government efficiency. The UK's biggest news agencies have run and run with headlines on savings targets over the last two days, with chancellor Alistair Darling expected to announce £15 billion of spending cuts in his Budget statement. It all points to tomorrow's "day of reckoning", being the biggest Budget ever for public procurement. Buyers will almost certainly take centre stage if the savings target is ratcheted up and will be expected to play a role in helping support the government's finances and maintain vital front line services. Rest assured, Supply Management will be here to bring you all the latest developments and analysis. From what you know about public procurement, do you think £15 billion will be able to be saved? Do the targets go far enough?
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