Saturday, 16 November 2013

Use procurement to help communities

Katy Clark MP has called on the SNP Scottish Government to ensure businesses and communities receive greater benefit from public procurement contracts.

Ms Clark, who represents North Ayrshire & Arran in the London-based UK Parliament, spoke-out after the Scottish Government published its ‘Review of Procurement in Construction’.  The Labour MP called for the SNP’s Procurement Bill to include provision to pay the Living Wage in all public sector contracts, measures to tackle the abuse of zero-hour contracts by some companies, and firms that blacklist workers being banned from tendering for public contracts.

Katy Clark said, “The Scottish Government spends £2-billion per year on construction contracts in Scotland and that money should be used to benefit Scottish businesses and our local communities.

“Public spending should always be used to benefit our own economy, create jobs and boost local communities.  The Scottish Government should be using their Procurement Bill to increase the payment of the Living Wage and tackle issues such as blacklisting and the abuse of zero hour contracts.”

Ms Clark said the Scottish Government should “listen to the concerns of businesses and trade unions and use procurement in a way that boosts our economy.”

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