In Briefing 56 we set out how the Scottish Living Wage could be extended through procurement using the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland)Act and in local government using the s52 statutory guidance
We had expected the Procurement Reform Act statutory guidance on the living wage to be in place by now. However, this has been delayed. As an interim measure a Scottish Procurement Policy Note, ‘Evaluating employment practices and workforce matters, including living wage, in public contracts’ has been published. While this is not as good as statutory guidance and has some omissions, it does explain how public bodies can legally ensure the living wage and other employment matters are included in contracts.