Wales Audit Office publishes report on public procurement

The Wales Audit Office published its report on public procurement in Wales and on balance its findings are scathing. Here's a snippet.

In 2015-16, public bodies in Wales spent around £6 billion through procurement on a range of goods, services and works. We have concluded that national governance arrangements for procurement could be strengthened and there is clear scope for improvement in procurement arrangements at a national and local level. Public bodies also face challenges in balancing potentially competing procurement priorities, responding to new policy, legislation and technology, and in the recruitment and retention of key personnel.

I will be looking at it in more detail in the next few days, but some of the findings should provide food for thought. Not that those working on a day to day basis would not be aware of most of the findings contained within it.