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Green identifies 'staggering waste'

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Swathes of waste can be cut from public services by making wholesale efficiency savings, according to a government spending review.

A report by Sir Philip Green, the owner of Topshop and Bhs, will say the government has failed to take advantage of its scale, buying power and credit rating.

The businessman was appointed by the Prime Minister in August to head up the report on government efficiency. He was tasked with reviewing the procurement process of goods and services including IT, travel, print and office supplied and the management of the government’s property portfolio.

The report will criticise the quality of much of the data concerning where and how the government’s money is spent.

It will also advocate a more centralised approach to buying goods and services. Sir Philip believes a lack of consistency in these areas has led to a huge disparity of fees being paid by different departments for the same items.

Sir Philip said: “The conclusion of this review is clear - credit rating and scale in virtually every department has not been used to make government spending efficient.”

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