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Lord Sugar criticises Government procurement

CIPS 3 May 2011

Lord sugar claims that by changing Goverment procurement strategies, half of all civil servant jobs could be cut.

Lord Sugar believes that half of all civil servants jobs could be cut if the Government became more like commercial organisations and took a “hard-nosed” approach to procurement “If you applied a multi-tasking philosophy within the civil service you would cut the labour force by half.” However this would result in large redundancy pay-outs and those left jobless claiming benefits.
He went on to criticize buyers for not getting value for money.  “The Government is the biggest customer in this country. It spends God knows how many billions every year on everything from staples to nuclear missiles. When you look at those in charge of procurement, with the greatest respect to them, they are not very streetwise.”
Lord Sugar suggests that having more “common business sense” and changing the way in which the Government procures services rather than who they buy from, could save them up to £1billion a year which could be passed on to the taxpayer.

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