21 February 2008 | Paul Snell
The Scottish Executive has published a set of guidelines to help public sector buyers introduce "community benefit" clauses in contracts.
The advice follows a successful pilot scheme across the country where clauses in procurement contracts have been used to provide training and jobs for locals. The government said the guidelines could benefit any buyer in the public sector.
Under the auspices of "sustainable procurement", clauses are inserted into contracts at the specification stage, requiring suppliers to provide benefits locally.
John Swinney, cabinet secretary for finance in Scotland, said: "Targeted training and recruitment clauses can increase labour market participation for those who need it most. This is procurement reform in action, a smart model that obtains the maximum possible value from public spending."
In Glasgow, where one of the pilot schemes took place, 650 jobs have been created over the past four years thanks to the insertion of these clauses into contracts to renovate houses.
The advice is available for download at www.scotland.gov.uk