I understand that Sir Philip Green’s report on UK public sector procurement is due to be published early next week – probably Monday subject to Ministerial sign off.
He has found the lack of good product level cost and spend data from Departments frustrating (to say the least); and he has (I’ll told) tried to do some very detailed price benchmarking across a range of commonly bought items. Sausages and bananas have been mentioned amongst the benchmark items (but I don’t know whether my sources are just winding me up – seems somewhat unbelievable!) But if this is true, I look forward to the recommendations around standardising on the “Government sausage”!
Travel has been another area of focus, so watch out for comparisons of prices paid for hotel rooms or rail tickets. (Hard to be meaningful given we now have what is in effect ‘dynamic pricing’ for those items, with room rate pricing for instance changing by the hour…) And no doubt there will be some good red meat headlines for the Mail around public sector profligacy. But I hope it isn’t just going to be a “why can’t Government be more like TopShop” report – because Government isn’t like TopShop. We’ll see anyway and we will of course be doing a full review of the output here.