We can today reveal that despite much vaunted efficiency drives across Whitehall, departments continue to pay vastly differing prices for basic items such as A4 paper and energy. The differences between departments’ basic procurement costs remain even after the Efficiency Review by Sir Philip Green in October 2010 which highlighted the problem.
The key findings of this research are:
Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:
“Taxpayers will be astounded at the discrepancies that remain between government departments in the cost of these basics. Those running departments need to be able to show that they can keep costs down on smaller items of expenditure if people are to have faith that they can secure the best deals when it comes to multi-million pound projects. It is especially dispiriting that BIS – a department which ought to be championing the cause of efficiency and cutting out waste – comes out so badly in this latest research. Ministers have been talking for two years about making central procurement more efficient and whilst some welcome progress has been made, it is now clear that serious work remains to be done if best value is to be secured for taxpayers.”