The law of unintended consequences – poor procurement behaviour results from deficit reduction strategy

In the article linked below Peter Smith over at Spend Matters notes the depressing conclusions of the National Audit Office recent investigation into sustainable procurement.

What appeared to the Blog to be significant is the extent to which the investigation suggests that the unintended consequence for public procurement of the government’s deficit reduction strategy is to drive the focus back on to lowest price procurement.

At the point in time when innovation and the protection of legitimate local social, environmental and economic interests are being promoted in the vanguard of a revitalised Most Economically Advantageous Tender criterion, this could hardly be less welcome news.

Growth in the economy is the most likely means to re-assert the swing away from lowest price procurement.

Hey, isn’t it budget day here in the UK, today??

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