Councils purchase a wide range of goods and services and this is an important opportunity to extend the council’s policy reach into the community. Supporting businesses who pay their taxes, treat their workers fairly and look after the environment. The Scottish Government recently consulted over new procurement regulations. UNISON Scotland, working with a range of civil society organisations, put together ‘Ten Asks’ that set out some priorities for the new rules. You can also read our detailed response here. On workforce matters the Scottish Government has published a new advice note that outlines how councils can include the living wage and other workforce standards into contracts. Council’s should be reviewing their procurement policies in light of this new advice.
Also Public Services Interactive; Transactional Services and Mental Health Workers in our ‘Damage’ series; The Education Bill and Childcare Charter.