A ban on the word 'procurement'

20 March 2009
Procurement has made it into a top 200 list – but before you start to celebrate, take note: it’s a top 200 list of words the powers at be believe should be banned. The Local Government Association this week issued a list of “council speak” phrases it wants members to ban, so the public can understand what they’re on about. “The public sector must not hide behind impenetrable jargon and phrases,” said LGA chairman Margaret Eaton. “Why do we have to have ‘coterminous, stakeholder engagement’ when we could just ‘talk to people’ instead?” Procure and procurement both made it onto the hit list. The suggested alternatives? Buy or buying. Simple enough. But is a ban on the word procurement really needed? Do you get quizzical looks when you throw it into conversation?
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