13 February 2003
The Welsh assembly has unveiled proposals to forge closer ties between procurement and the local community.
Edwina Hart, the Wales finance and local government minister, has announced an initiative in which public-sector construction contracts will include clauses for community benefits.
Hart said the Community Benefits Pathfinder Project, run by the national assembly's Welsh Procurement Initiative, will ask local contractors to employ and train unemployed people as part of their project workforces.
• In SM's latest online poll, 56 per cent of voters said purchasers have a duty to support local and British firms, backing Prince Charles's controversial suggestion that the public sector adopts a default "buy local" policy.