Public bodies ordered to centralise procurement

The government has ordered all public bodies to use centralised contracts when buying goods and services, in a move that ministers hope will save tens of millions of euro.

14th July, 2012

The government has ordered all public bodies to use centralised contracts when buying goods and services - in a move that ministers hope will save tens of millions of euro.

Central government and its agencies spend around €14 billion a year on procurement.

Despite some central purchasing, there has been no requirement to buy goods and services centrally, meaning that many areas of the public service are buying at unnecessarily inflated prices.

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