Procurement is a hot topic in the public sector, particular in the light of this month’s launch of CloudStore, a catalogue of 1,700 Cloud-based, pre-approved ICT services that will set out to offer the public sector a cheaper, quicker and more transparent way to procure the services they need.
Caerphilly and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough councils are to collaborate on procurement as they look to slash costs and improve services to taxpayers.
Both authorities have ratified proposals for the partnership this month with a transition to the new arrangements expected to take place between April and September 2012.
This new approach to procurement will lead to a more efficient buying service, covering everything from office stationery to multi-million pound contracts, the councils say.
Steve Thomas CBE, chief executive of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA), welcomed the partnership. “For some time now, councils in Wales have been working collaboratively to improve services and deliver efficiencies. We expect this new procurement partnership to deliver real benefits to both suppliers and the local council tax payer.”
The WLGA has recently launched a new Web-based Collaboration Compendium, a live tool with information about collaborative projects and joint working across Wales. The compendium can be used to search for other ongoing collaborative projects between Welsh authorities, across all regions of the country and all service areas.