UK gov could not procure its way out of a paper bag
Green finds gruesome inefficiency shock
Sir Philip Green's review of government efficiency has found... no evidence of efficiency.
Green reviewed how government buys IT services, travel, phone and print services as well as how it manages its property portfolio. Green's researchers got access to department accounts and got information on government contracts and leases. They found "the poor quality of much of the data relating to where and how Government spends its money".
Shopkeeper Sir Philip Green said: “There is no reason why Government should not be as efficient as any good business. Any large organisation would want to use its credit rating and scale to buy efficiently.
"The conclusion of this review is clear - credit rating and scale in virtually every department has not been used to make Government spending efficient.”
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude said the scale of waste was staggering.
The full recommendations will be published here, shortly. ®
Odd that DWP have a contract with Arcadia (owned by Sir Philip's wife in the tax haven of Monaco) for supplying people with clothing (via vouchers paid for by the tax payer) for the unemployed for interviews? Apparently DWP staff have highlighted this on numerous occasions as clothing could be obtained for a cheaper rate in Asda, Tesco, Primark etc thus saving the Dept money, but ...........
I seem to remember Sir Philip Green likes to avoid paying a fair bit of tax:
Just the man for giving advice on saving money.
More surprising and depressing than you think...
Some parts of the public sector, those that "suffered" Tory reforms (i.e., those with a privately minded layer of management sludge sitting on top of actual public sector employees) such as the NHS, are much as you'd expect with cleaning contracts always going to the company that the Trust's chairman has a well hidden stake-in.
The rest of the public sector is much the opposite and is likely the target of the attacks. Rather than act like a private enterprise and ruthless exploit you credit rating and help your cash-flow by paying as little and as late as possible, the more conservative/traditional public sector procurer operates under a set of guidelines laid down by a senior civil servant decades earlier that describe how government should properly comport itself in paying bills.