New procurement guidelines will help to protect sub-contractors

Mon, 16/01/2012 - 16:33 -- Editor

New procurement guidance is set to be announced that will provide protection to sub-contractors and ensure prompt payment which it is hoped will help create and maintin local jobs.

Sinn Féin Junior Minister, Martina Anderson has welcomed the announced changes to Contract Management Procedures in the procurement process by Finance Minister, Sammy Wilson today.

Martina Anderson said: "Over two years ago I called for stringent new measures to ensure that small businesses got access to government jobs and that sub-contractors received prompt payment for work carried out.

"I therefore welcome todays announcement by Finance Minister Sammy Wilson that new procurement guidance will shortly be announced that will provide protection to sub-contractors and ensure prompt payment. Certificate of Unsatisfactory Performance will be issued to contractors who persistently fail to deliver on key contractual requirements.  These will be defined in the contract and will include fair payment to subcontractors.

"The new protocols will also enforce compliance with social clauses reinforcing the Executive committment in the Programme for Government to have social clauses included in all public procurement contracts. This was a key issue on which Sinn Féin has consistently campaigned.

"Both these steps will contribute to assist in creating and maintaining local jobs. I will be monitoring the situation to ensure that the terms of contracts are being shared right along the supply chain as envisaged in these new protocols and that the social clauses are strictly adhered to. I urge the CPD to ensure that these protocols are properly implemented.”