Third sector concerns over Procurement Reform Bill

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Third sector organisations expressed concerns to the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee about the Procurement Reform Bill on 4 December 2013.

The bill aims to improve the way the public sector buys goods, works and services.

John Downie from the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations said while they had been consulted on the bill by the government "I don't think they actually listened" which was the "inherent problem in the bill".

Mr Downie said the "fundamental flaw" with the legislation was that it failed to address how procurement would benefit people and communities across Scotland.

Tom Ballantine from Stop Climate Chaos said his organisation's concerns during the consultation had "not been entirely addressed" in the bill and as it stood economic benefit would rise to the top whereas social and environmental benefit would not.

The bill failed to offer a statement of intent at a higher level and did not bed in fair trade in procurement in the public sector, according to Martin Rhodes from the Scottish Fair Trade Forum.

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