Dundee Labour Welcome New Procurement Approach from the Council But Argue for Improvements

10 September 2012

At the Council's Policy and Resources Committee on Monday 10 September, councillors will be asked to approve a new Procurement Approach.

This is to ensure that the Council's £300 million annual spending with outside contractors and suppliers maximises local employment as well as value for money.

Leader of the Labour Group on the City Council, Councillor Kevin Keenan, said,

"I welcome this report coming forward.

"It makes sense that the Council examines how it spends the £300 million pounds of tax payers' money in a way that supports employment in the City.

"If we can retain more of the Council's spending with contractors and suppliers who employ folk living in our city, that will help retain jobs in the city and maybe lead to the creation of additional jobs too.

"Of course the Council must ensure we get value for money but part of  that calculation should be where our public pound is spent."

"I have been arguing for this approach for a while, so I am pleased that the penny has finally dropped among the SNP Councillors. 

"While Labour Councillors will welcome this report at the meeting, there are some improvements we will be putting forward on Monday night to help ensure the benefits come sooner rather than later. 

"I will also be questioning why the working group on the Council taking this forward will come under the secretive Changing for the Future Board and not the Policy and Resources Committee.

"It's important that the initiatives we take forward can be seen to be above board and even handed." 

Dundee West MP Jim McGovern said, 

"I also welcome this report.

"I am however concerned that its priorities for action seem to ignore the workers with disabilities who are employed at Remploy in Dundee.  

"The report expressly starts with a focus on spending on capital projects and so puts on the back burner items such as Uniforms and Protective clothing which might be manufactured by staff at Remploy.

"It would be good if the Council could get behind Remploy workers by developing this part of their new strategy before its too late for this group of workers."

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