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“Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
Wales’ Finance Minister Jane Hutt has responded to the UK Government’s Autumn Statement – saying that it has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales.
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- “Autumn Statement has done little to change the challenging public finance outlook for Wales” – Jane Hutt
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Section highlightThe Housing (Wales) Bill
The Bill will introduce significant improvements across the housing sector to ensure that people have access to a decent, affordable home and better housing-related services.
Legislative programme 2013 - 2014 »
The First Minister detailed the 8 bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the 3rd year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
Section highlightProject pipeline update - December 2013
This Wales Infrastructure Investment Plan annex highlights planned investments and potential procurement opportunities.
Final Budget 2014-15 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Departments for 2014-15 is £14.9bn.Learn more »
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Raising procurement skills and capability
Value Wales, the procurement arm of the Welsh Government, has been successful in securing £5.7m funding from the European Social Fund Convergence Programme for a 4-5 year project to improve procurement across public services in Wales.
The Transforming Procurement through Home-Grown Talent project will raise procurement skills and capability across public services. At the core of the project will be the creation of a cadre of trained and experienced officers – drawn from both new graduates and existing staff – who will become our procurement leaders of the future.
There are five strands to the project.
1. Raise awareness with public service leaders
Help public service leaders, including senior managers, to understand how procurement professionals can maximise the tangible social, economic and environmental benefits from the £4.3 billion invested each year on external goods and services. This will be achieved through a series of awareness raising courses and events to share best practice.
2. Develop the skills and capability of existing public service staff
Tailor skills and knowledge development to individual and/or organisational need and level of competence. This will be achieved by building on the current training programme offered through Value Wales.
3. Deliver a Trainee Procurement Executive Programme (TPEP)
Identify new talent for the procurement profession in Wales and offer a procurement training and mentoring programme where participants undertake a series of cross-public service placements whilst delivering projects.
There were two cohorts - 12 new graduates were recruited in 2010, and 12 public sector secondees have been recruited this summer (2011). Trainees will work towards Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS) accreditation whilst working on collaborative procurement projects across various organisations. They will also receive project and programme management training. These individuals are expected to become the public service procurement leaders of the future.
4. Accelerate and expand the implementation of e-procurement
Target change management and project management expertise into public service organisations to help them implement and maintain e-procurement systems and to realise the environmental and economic benefits. This will be achieved through using multi-skilled implementation teams to roll out e-procurement across public service organisations in Wales, through the xchangewalesprogramme.
5. Identify innovative approaches to improve procurement
Pilot new approaches to improve procurement, e.g. collaborative projects, projects involving the third sector and developing pools of category skills. Note that is now planned that this strand will be implemented from project year 4 i.e. from July 2013.