UK’s Public Sector Urged to Buy Locally
London: Britain on Sunday changed its procurement rules to encourage public sector bodies to use British steel products as part of efforts to revive the ailing steel industry and save thousands of jobs after Tata Steel decided to sell its loss-making businesses in the UK.
Under the new decision, public sector bodies are to be encouraged to buy British steel for construction projects in an effort to help save the industry. The government said councils and NHS trusts will be asked to consider the economic impact of buying from abroad.
Business secretary Sajid Javid said he was determined to ensure a sustainable future for the British steel industry and find a solution that supports workers. “By changing the procurement rules on these major infrastructure projects, we are backing the future of UK steel — opening up significant opportunities for UK suppliers and allowing them to compete more effectively with international companies,” the Pakistani-origin minister said.