Anti-boycott proposals welcomed
NEW MEASURES to prevent British councils from boycotting Israel have been announced by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid.
The move aims to stop councils from introducing restrictions on the companies they use — with a particular focus on boycotts of goods from Israel.
Under the plan, local authorities would be required by law to treat suppliers fairly and in line with the British government’s policies.
Mr Javid said: “No council should be boycotting any company or country unnecessarily.
“We will clampdown on these inappropriate and needless boycotts once and for all.”
A Board of Deputies spokesman said: “We warmly welcome the government’s measures to prevent town hall boycotts against Israel.These boycotts are divisive and undermine good community relations.”
Rules were introduced last year which prevented councils from using local government pension policies to introduce boycotts.
Cabinet Office guidance was also introduced in February 2016 on the procurement of goods and services by public bodies.