Government procurement policy will cost local jobs - Pringle

Thomas Pringle TD has today called for evidence that the impact on jobs was assessed when the government instructed that public service bodies such as schools are to now purchase supplies from centralised companies through public procurement.

Thomas Pringle TD has today called for evidence that the impact on jobs was assessed when the government instructed that public service bodies such as schools are to now purchase supplies from centralised companies through public procurement.

In his Priority Question to Minister Brian Hayes in the Dáil today, Deputy Pringle asked whether the Minister had assessed the impact on local jobs that would be cause by a recent public procurement circular. The circular stipulates that there be a single supplier at national level for day to day purchases by public bodies, such as schools purchasing stationary and office supplies.

The Independent for Donegal South West stated: “There are many small companies throughout the country that provide supplies to public bodies which will now suffer greatly sufffer job losses as a result of this decision put in place by the National Procurement Service. Choosing only one company to provide specific supplies is bad for competitiveness, bad for business and very bad for jobs.

“There are a number of local companies in Donegal that have provided supplies, such as janitorial supplies to schools, for many years and they are now facing a bleak future.

“When I highlighted these concerns to the Minister, he accused local public sector managers of �looking after their friends�when choosing where to buy their goods from, yet the government seem to think choosing one company for the entire public service is somehow the right way to go.

“If local jobs are lost, which will happen if this is allowed to continue, the value of the procurement framework will be undermined. The move will end up costing more.

“I asked for the assessment on the impact of local jobs. I now await the evidence that this assessment was indeed carried out, and I intend to follow-up on with Minister Hayes on this,” Deputy Pringle concluded.