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'Telling Civil Servants at the Dept for Business about Money Saving' blog discussion
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I work in Higher Education and we need this kind of thing to be made clear to our business units as well. Martin, can I please borrow these headings so I can attempt to persuade my budget managers and their bosses of the changes we need to make?
You are such an inspiration to so many people. Thanks for all that you do.
It seems that at our Local Education Department there seems to be 3 people doing a job that in the real world would be done by just one.
For instance, my eldest plays a trumpet and we loan this from the CC. I have a letter written to me signed by one person asking to pay and then on the same day the letter arrives I get a phone call from a second person asking to pay (it's not overdue btw). I then tell the woman that I'll pay over the phone rather than by cheque, she ticks me off of her list, puts me on hold and passes me to some bloke who takes my card details etc.
Why send a letter and incur postal & stationery costs and why can't the woman making the phone calls take the money?
Also, when it comes to education, we have to buy play equipment and have our repairs done by an authorised company. This means that we have to pay over the odds as the authorised company know we can't go elsewhere.
To make any real savings in Central and Local Government need to look at their supplier channels and say to them if you want to keep supplying us you need to make your prices competitive or else. However, I doubt if any one really keeps tabs on the supplier prices once they have been added to the 'Golden list'
ETA I personally don't believe in free market capitalism, and think it's immoral. but if you're going to use it as a system, at least let it run freely and work as it is supposed to (hopefully) in driving competition for value and quality, not to create monopolies that can't even be controlled by government!
Take something as simple as purchasing a plastic bucket (this is actually a real example I had recently).
I could pop to Wilkinsons and buy one tomorrow for a fiver.
But I had to go through NHS purchasing. The quoted price was £35, then add VAT and delivery charge. Then there was a 4 week lead time.
Inefficiency really annoys me. And the buzzword in the NHS at the minute is "lean working."
Martin is this really how much planning you put into upcoming events?:eek::p
As my team will tell you 20 mins is a lot more thinking than normal. MoneySaving live (2 hours live show) I did about 10 for and normal speeches I just write down ten words on a piece of paper.
There's no space in my diary for planning - Im lucky I seem to be able to wing it without a problem - one day it'll catch up on me.
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I also taught myself and now love to haggle for every penny. Perhaps Purchasing Departments in all public sector areas can invest in a haggling training course to actively negotiate cheaper deals with existing suppliers and threaten them with going elsewhere as a relatively easy first step in the right direction of spending all of our money better!
Good work Martin for raising these great ideas in front of the people who can make a difference!