The government has outlined spending plans designed to save a whopping £3bn a year on common goods and services, including IT-related products such as laptops and printer cartridges.
The Cabinet Office will set up a central procurement team to manage the buying of key items for all departments, and is aiming to negotiate a quarter of its deals with SMEs.
The move comes after an efficiency review of government spending by Philip Green last October identified notable differences in prices being paid for items among departments.
This included devices such as laptops of the same make and model being bought for between £350 and £2,000, and printer cartridges from the same supplier costing different department between £85 and £240.
Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude claimed that creating an official body to run procurement will end the problems created by previous governments.
"It is bonkers for different parts of government to be paying vastly different prices for the same goods. We are putting a stop to this madness which has been presided over for too long," he said.
"In the last year, we have already made significant changes to drive down procurement spend by £1bn, but this new centralised service means we will continue to deliver savings which are expected reach more than £3bn a year."
Maude also wants to increase the number of SMEs pitching for tenders through open procurement procedures, noting that the figure had risen by 12 per cent between March and April.
"SMEs can provide better value and more innovative solutions for government, and the actions set out today will support their growth as the economy starts to recover," he said.
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