26 May 2009 | Jake Kanter
A group of MPs is calling on the government to provide better guidance for public sector buyers on using "community benefit" clauses in contracts.
An Early Day Motion (EDM) tabled in the Commons by Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz on 28 April said advice on the clauses should be issued to boost sustainable development and improve cultural, environmental and economic conditions in the local communities.
These clauses require suppliers to provide guarantees of certain benefits, such as training and jobs, for the local area.
As SM went to press the motion had been signed by 44 MPs.
Lazarowicz told SM it was important that social enterprises - companies set up specifically to tackle social or environmental problems - get a share of government business to help communities in the economic downturn.
He wanted government ministers to recognise the motion and promote the use of community benefit contract clauses within their departments.
An OGC spokesman said it has guidance available to public sector buyers on supporting social issues through procurement.