Unison Scotland: Ban suppliers registered in “Tax Havens” from Public Procurements

This represents a different order of magnitude in micro-management of public procurement than is implicit in the rather more objective requirements emerging from Whitehall in PPN 04/13.

The sober reflection from Michael Kirby of Glasgow College that public procurers “…are not social workers…” highlights the continued tension at the heart of the debate around using public procurement as a tool to implement so called ‘horizontal’ policies.

Matthew Jackson of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies in Manchester hits the nail on the head: the public sector is inherently risk averse and, the blog would argue perhaps controversially, is often advised by consultants who pander to that risk aversion by declining to give advice which accurately assesses the risks and their likely impact.


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