By Craig Mackinlay MP
After several years of spending restraint, all quarters of the public sector are lobbying the chancellor for more money often claiming that there are no more savings to be made. But as this note shows, many public sector bodies are not getting value for money from suppliers when purchasing simple, everyday items such as paper.
The amount of paper being used by public sector bodies, after adjusting for their size varies greatly. There also appears to be little correlation between the amount of paper purchased and the prices being paid suggesting many organisations are not exploiting potential purchasing economies of scale.