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Boiler procurement processes waste public money

Money is being wasted by housing organisations and suppliers spending thousands of man hours on boiler procurement, says a report released by the Association of Gas Safety Managers (AGSM).

AGSM CEO Claire Heyes said: “The report highlights that there are some serious issues in the way boiler procurement is currently being carried out. All stakeholders in the supply chain have highlighted issues and the public money being wasted on the processes is shocking. Procurement Frameworks don’t always encourage the best value for money over the lifetime of a boiler. None of this benefits the tenant at a time of welfare reforms and rising fuel prices.”

Ms Heyes said energy efficiency and sustainability need to become a standard requirement, especially with millions of tenants living in fuel poverty.

The report, organised by AGSM, summaries the key findings of a review that has been carried out with key stakeholders into the Procurement of boilers and their installation, service and maintenance in Social Housing.

According to AGSM, each year, many thousands of organisations in Social Housing across the UK spend millions of pounds going through the Procurement process for the installation, service and maintenance of boilers.

Most have fairly standard requirements to supply heat in the most efficient, cost effective, sustainable manner.

However, the Review found that many of the current processes are bureaucratic (largely due to current EU Regulations), expensive, a waste of public money, no longer fit for purpose, unsustainable, lacking in innovation and collaboration which is leading to fragmented economies.

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