Shot in the arm for local businesses
Published at 07:41, Wednesday, 30 October 2013
LOCAL businesses are in line for a £13.5m shot in the arm under a pledge from Northumberland County Council to buy local.
The Labour administration at County Hall has agreed to increase the amount and number of council contracts that are made available to Northumberland’s businesses.
The county spends more than £400m a year, with around £135m spent in Northumberland, safeguarding and creating an estimated 2,000 private sector jobs.
The new administration has plans to up the amount spent locally by 10 per cent, putting an additional £13.5m into the coffers of businesses in the county.
While the next round of cuts imposed by the coalition government will mean tough decisions, the Labour leadership believes this will signal the intent to support and create new private and public sector jobs and will mean that the council will become more relevant to its communities.
Council leader Coun. Grant Davey said: “We promised before the election that we’d seek to increase the number of contracts let to local firms.
“We think we can make more contracts available and we’re aiming to open up access to another £13.5m for local companies.
“We’ve estimated this will mean at least 300 new or secured jobs within the supply chain, and we estimate that will mean that council contracts have an impact on over 2,500 private sector jobs across Northumberland.”
The Labour administration has also acknowledged that moves by the previous Liberal Democrat administration to concentrate council services and jobs in Morpeth following local government reorganisation have had an adverse impact on both service delivery and local economies.
The council is now looking at how it can open up new ‘service hubs’ in towns like Hexham.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk
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