- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Uncategorized
Over seventy public sector organisations have agreed to join Wales’ new National Procurement Service, Finance Minister Jane Hutt has announced.
The National Procurement Service for Wales (NPS), which will launch in November, will set up and manage contracts for common and repetitive spend across the public sector in Wales. It will reduce expenditure, eliminating duplication, developing a sustainable procurement model and increasing efficiency. It will also develop local supply chains to maximise the opportunities for Welsh businesses to benefit from public sector spend.
Common and repetitive goods and services comprise about 20 – 30% of the total public sector procurement expenditure of £4.3 billion and include items such as stationery, office furniture, professional services, IT hardware and software and fleet.
Once fully operational, the NPS could generate savings of up to £25m per year – which will be re-invested in strengthening front-line public services.
The Welsh Labour Government, all Local Authorities, Health Boards, Universities, Colleges, Fire & Rescue and Police Authorities in Wales will join the new service.