New Local Government Network (NLGN) is an independent think tank that seeks to transform UK public services. It has published a report on the government’s inability to capture detailed information on procurement with the private sector and why that is problematic. Without better data, government can’t be accountable, it says, and both central and local government invest staggering amounts of money on contracts with private sector providers which should not be so poorly accounted for. The report outlines the UK’s lack of capacity to fully understand and account for its procurement decisions, sets out measures that would help address deficiencies in data for procurement spending with the private sector, and explains how a shift in culture can be achieved. Read more with a link to download the report on Local Government Chronicle.

 

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