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23 July 2014 | Gurjit Degun
The Welsh government has launched updated guidance to improve the impact of its community benefits policy for construction contracts.
The policy builds social clauses into construction contracts to “ensure Welsh businesses, individuals and communities benefit from public sector contracts”.
A spokeswoman for the Welsh government told SM that the guidance now reflects "emerging practice, current policy objectives and provides more detailed advice to support implementation".
Finance minister for the Welsh government Jane Hutt, who launched the update today, said: “Despite the huge progress we have made since the publication of the first community benefits guidance in 2010 there are still areas that could be strengthened.”
She explained that results from the first 35 projects worth £465 million show that 85 per cent has been reinvested in Wales.
“Today I’m launching updated guidance that puts community benefits at the core of public sector contracts,” said Hutt. “We know that the delivery of community benefits is best delivered through a collaborative approach between industry and the public sector so I hope this updated guidance will help all parties work together to exchange ideas and best practice.”
A report commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation – Tackling Poverty through Public Procurement in the UK, recently highlighted the approach taken in Wales as effective and progressive.
Richard Macfarlane, who wrote the report added: “Wales has led the way in developing procurement methods that maximise the delivery of community benefits, and rolling these out across the public sector. It is good to see this translating into so many job and training opportunities.”