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Welsh consumables procurement framework could save 70%

Tash Shifrin

A Welsh minister has claimed that a new procurement framework for computer consumables could bring savings of more than 70% to public sector organisations in Wales.

The framework includes a suite of e-sourcing tools and covers electronic auctions for supply contracts, which are expected to produce half the savings. The computer consumables framework is part of a programme of collaborative procurement across the Welsh public sector, looking at expenditure in different areas. 

Welsh Assembly finance, local government and public services minister Sue Essex said the framework would help organisations ranging from primary schools to major local authorities. Across the public sector, 72% savings could be achieved.

“It is good to see hard evidence that our investment in Value Wales is paying back. This level of savings is the equivalent of an extra 180 teachers or nurses for Wales,” she said.

Work on the framework was led by Newport council, South Wales, on behalf of the Welsh Purchasing Consortium and backed by Value Wales, which provides procurement support to Welsh local authorities.

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