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Social and environmental value in Public Procurement


'A recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers expressed the view that the real impact of the government's austerity measures is still to come. A predictable response to this may seem to plan to spend less and to cut further, but leaders of stature are likely to adopt a more imaginative approach. One way to do this is to transform how their organisation commissions supplies and services.


'Procurement has, in many areas of the public sector, long been regarded simply as a means to an end. Further, the EU regulations which govern how public bodies can procure are often treated as a minefield, full of risks of legal challenge to be navigated. This has encouraged a timid approach, where the priority has been to play it safe and adopt procedures that are driven, above all else, by the aim of limiting the prospect of any such challenge.'


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