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NATIONAL PROCUREMENT STRATEGY LAUNCHED

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A strategy to help councils improve procurement has been launched by the ODPM and the Local Government Association....
A strategy to help councils improve procurement has been launched by the ODPM and the Local Government Association.

The national procurement strategy for local government is designed to ensure councils offer value for money, improve their procurement management, and work with a range of quality service providers.

The strategy consists of a route map of procurement objectives to help councils deliver improvements by 2006.

It outlines a number of changes that must be made to meet these goals, including a cultural shift, better partnering and collaboration, and more electronic business.

Procurement is also a key element of comprehensive performance assessment, and councils that perform well in their CPA will have new trading powers under the Local Government Act 2003. By 2005 all councils are expected to have a detailed procurement strategy in place.

Local government minister Phil Hope said the guide would help councils improve their public services.

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