Government claims £5m savings justify shake up in travel procurement

The Government is saving more than £80m in hotel, air and rail prices and £5m on travel booking fees, its procurement service has revealed.

In addition, Government has launched a new procurement portal including direct access to supporting eProcurement tools. A new eSourcing suite will also run further competitions.

“This is an important milestone in the centralised procurement programme which is delivering significant and sustainable savings for the taxpayer,” the Civil Service website says.

The eSourcing suite replaces the previous Capability Assessment (CA) and Invitation to Quote (ITQ) tools on the old website. Users of the previous ITQ tool have been pre-registered to use the further competition functionality in the eSourcing suite.

Since consolidating travel and accommodation booking contracts with Hogg Robinson Group and Redfern Travel agencies, through a Central Government Travel Management Services contract, the Government claims it has saved over £5m per year on booking fees.

GTMS was launched last year as part of the Government’s drive to economise on spend and consolidate. Previously several agencies had been used to book travel and accommodation for central government departments.

HRG now manages all international business and Redfern the domestic travel.

The Government claims it is delivering considerable savings for the taxpayer as a result of the changes, although its central spending on travel is still over £300m annually.

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