Monday, December 12, 2011
Prats of The Week - Lothian and Borders Police
What better time to award my prestigious and internationally renowned "Prats of The Week" Award?
This week it goes to Lothian and Borders Police.
For their incredibly complex and expensive sandwich order.
The force have put out to tender a contract for the supply of 7,500 packed lunches per annum.
Fair enough, until that is you look at the cost and the tender document.
How much do you think they intend to spend on 7,500 packed lunches?
A staggering £70K!
That works out at over £9 per lunch!
Moving on from the very high cost of what should be able to be sourced for less than £5 per lunch, I direct your attention to their tender document.
It comes in at a stonking 10,000 words spewed across 45 pages.
Baguettes must measure 11 inches long and contain one of 17 different fillings (specified in a separate spreadsheet), which include brie and cranberry, smoked salmon and cream cheese and prawn mayonnaise.
The document also states that 75% of the baguettes must be made from white bread, and 25% from brown. The filling must be “the standard size and weight stipulated by the British Sandwich Association”.
Other sections of the document cover health and safety rules, requirements for environmentally friendly packaging, compliance with anti-discrimination and anti-bribery laws, plus financial and legal clauses.
Any hapless caterer, brave enough to wade through this nonsense has but one month to submit a formal tender.
Is it any wonder that the public sector is so short of resources for front line jobs such as nursing etc, when it wastes so much time and money on this shite?
Only large, bureaucratic, wasteful private companies would have the resources necessary to wade through this nonsense. The result being waste and inefficiency.
Lothian and Borders Police, well deserving Prats of The Week!
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