Autumn Statement: Emergency services encouraged to pool buying power
25 November 2015
Chancellor George Osborne is pushing emergency services to work more closely to increase economies of scale for their vehicle operations.
"The Government will support police forces to adopt a more collaborative approach to purchasing common items on a regional or national level, such as police uniforms and vehicles, to secure a better deal through economies of scale forecast to save £350 million over the Parliament," said the Autumn statement and spending review document.
It also pledged to "introduce a new statutory duty for the emergency services to collaborate by early 2017, subject to parliamentary approval, on areas such as procurement, new stations and vehicle maintenance."