The Brief

Public sector contracts awarded for goods and services represent billions of pounds of investment each year. Traditional procurement procedures have sought best value for the public purse, but procurement power might also be used to enhance the quality of work in our communities. For example, by awarding procurement contracts to organisations committed to practices that deliver more fulfilling work – such as those who pay a Living Wage, or who can demonstrate progressive and inclusive hiring and workplace policies. Public service agencies across the UK are looking to develop these kinds of procurement strategies. But there are a range of technical, legal and behavioural barriers to overcome.

In partnership with the Institute for Local Governance and North East Child Poverty Commission at Durham University Business School, we are investigating how procurement strategies might improve opportunities for fulfilling work across the North East of England.

Are you based in the North East and interested in participating in our research? Or do you have insight you can share about the opportunities and barriers to fulfilling work procurement strategies?  Please contact Deborah Harrison at [email protected]

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