Date lodged: 22 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to prevent so-called social dumping by contractors engaged in public procurement projects.
Answered by: Derek Mackay 31 May 2017
The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 introduced a sustainable procurement duty, which places sustainable and socially responsible purchasing at the heart of public procurement processes for construction projects valued at £2m or more, where the process commenced on or after 18 April 2016. The duty requires public bodies to consider how in conducting the procurement process it can improve the economic, social, and environmental wellbeing of their area. In addition, for all procurements commenced on or after 1 June 2016 with a value of £4m or more, public bodies must state in the contract notice the community benefits to be delivered under the contract or a statement why there is no such requirement under the contract.
Furthermore, under the 2014 Act, Scottish Ministers published statutory guidance in October 2015 on Addressing Fair Work Practices, including the Living Wage, in Procurement, which requires that, where appropriate, fair work practices are considered as part of the procurement process.