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S5W-20447: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to promote wealth building within local communities, as outlined in its 2017-18 Programme for Government.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 19 December 2018

The Scottish Government supports wealth building in local communities across a range of policy areas. We have delivered substantial investment in community-led regeneration, supporting interventions which respond to local circumstances and increase opportunities to attract investment and jobs in communities. In addition, our programme to develop Scotland’s entrepreneurial and innovation potential, Scotland CAN DO, works with community groups to help transform redundant buildings into CAN DO Spaces for collaboration and co-working, the programme helps breed entrepreneurship and broader cultural resilience at a local level. This supports inclusive growth by helping communities retain wealth and talent and define their own economic future.

Work linked to the PfG commitment sits within the context of our wider procurement reform programme aimed at helping local businesses and communities to prosper. A good example of this involves work with stakeholders through the Supplier Development Programme to engage with suppliers to maximise procurement opportunities. Ongoing implementation of the PfG commitment includes dialogue between the Scottish Government and partners in Glasgow, led by the University of Strathclyde, who have set-up a Procurement Collaboration Group across public bodies operating in the city. Scottish Government officials are also in dialogue with other local authorities interested in the benefits of the community wealth building approach.

In line with the commitment made, we are focussing on the role that public and third sector “anchor institutions” can play in delivering inclusive growth to communities, by ensuring that procurement activity is informed about the range of local providers and employers who might win contracts to provide goods and services.

- helping local enterprises to supply goods and services to these anchor institutions – keeping money within communities.”

- working with anchor institutions to consider how procurement activity can be better used to support local economic activity;

“Building on existing support, including the work of Business Improvement Districts Scotland, we will actively promote wealth building within local communities. We will seek to maximise the benefits of economic activity for local communities by:

The specific commitment in the 2017-18 Programme for Government (PfG) confirmed that: