Jackie Baillie - 08 June 2018
Shadow Economy spokesperson Jackie Baillie takes a look at the shocking level of offshore private finance in Scottish public contracts.
£11 billion each and every year - that’s what we spend on procuring goods and services for the public sector in Scotland. Everything from hospitals and new schools to improving our roads infrastructure and building bridges.
Scottish Labour has long advocated that procurement can help grow the economy, both by maximising supply chain benefits and enabling local businesses to win contracts, which directly benefits local economies. Procurement is also a route for securing improved workers’ rights and, most notably, Scottish Labour tried to get a requirement to pay the real living wage on the face of the Procurement Act, something which the SNP voted against 5 times... See more
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