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Preferred Supplier Arrangements - Glasses

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From: Gregory Soar

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

Your Manuals & Procedures website states two differing maximum ( unless certain circumstances apply ) amounts payable as advance for the purchase of glasses. One amount applies to purchase from a preferred supplier and the other amount applies to purchase from a non preferred supplier if non are local.

1. Why are there the above two differing maximum advance amounts?

2. Is there any discount of product cost from glasses suppliers in return for clients of MSD being forced to use a preferred supplier ( as compared someone not in a preferred supplier area ) thus supporting said suppliers more than otherwise?

3. If there are contracted prices holding discount as in question 2 how does the client know this when buying and be able to ensure the lower prices were charged?

4. What are ALL the benefits to government / MSD and MSD clients from “preferred supplier” agreements?

Yours faithfully,

Gregory Soar

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Tēnā koe Gregory Soar,

Thank you for your email received 3 May 2022, under the Official Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate officials at National Office to respond. 

Ngā manaakitanga,

Official and Parliamentary Information Team | Ministerial and Executive Services
Ministry of Social Development

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