UK’s Pub­lic Sec­tor Urged to Buy Lo­cally

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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.

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