West Coast rail franchise debate rumbles on

CIPS 5 October 2012

CIPS comments on training and professionalisation in large public service contract awards.

As UK taxpayers face a huge bill as a result of errors made in the West Coast rail franchise, the reasons for the failure are emerging.

Several senior civil servants have been suspended over flaws in the franchising process which saw two main bidders offered conflicting information on how to assess risk and costs when bidding for the franchise. This has raised questions over conflict and accountability in the civil service and two independent reviews have been called.

David Noble, CIPS CEO said: 

"Appropriate management and awarding of complex contracts must be managed effectively with highly qualified and trained staff.   As the world’s leading procurement professional body CIPS will always encourage and support continued development of skills and techniques.   

"What’s important now is to ensure large complex contract awards of this nature are successful and efficient going forward, delivering the best result for the public purse."





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