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Centralised data does not equal centralised procurement

SupplyManagement.com - Cabinet Office plans to get suppliers to the public sector to deal with central government as a single customer may sound a simple and attractive way of driving public spending down and procurement efficiency up, but the net effect of creating a central procurement function could prove counterproductive. The publication of Sir Philip Green’s report on public sector efficiency highlights the need for change. Visibility of data is the critical issue that needs to be addressed. But there is a significant difference between centralised information and centralised contracts.