Plaid make ‘Welsh Contracts for Welsh Companies’ call to create 50,000 more jobs in Wales
Plaid Cymru says that their ‘Welsh contracts for Welsh companies’ policy would create 50,000 more jobs in Wales and halve unemployment, as shocking new European figures show that only one independent country in the EU keeps lower public procurement in their borders.
Currently, 52% of public procurement spending by Welsh public bodies, such as government contracts, NHS spending, schools or local government, goes to companies located in Wales. Money that stays in Wales is then spent again in local communities, creating more work.
However, latest figures given to Plaid Cymru from the European Commission for procurement between 2009 and 2011 show that only one country in the whole European Union – Malta – has a worse record, and only one other country – Greece – lower than Plaid Cymru’s 75% aim.
Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans said:
“Plaid Cymru wants what is best for the people of Wales – and that is good work at a decent wage.
“Our ‘Welsh contracts for Welsh companies’ policy would create 50,000 more jobs in Wales and could halve unemployment.
“These new figures from the European Commission show that Wales would do better at getting these contracts if we were an independent country.
“Of the 27 countries included in this survey, only the small islands of Malta perform worse than Wales, with 53% of their contracts going to outside companies.
“At the moment, 48% of the value of our contracts leaves Wales, so our workers and communities don’t see the benefit of this spending, which if spent locally creates yet more jobs.
“This compares with just 14% that leaks away from our nearest European neighbours, the Republic of Ireland, which is a similar sized population to ours – so they get to keep 86%.
“Other small independent European countries the same size as Wales keep around 90% of their contracts in their own country. The European average is closer to 97%.
“If Ireland and other European countries can do it, why can’t Wales?
“That is why Plaid Cymru is the only country that puts Wales first, and only a vote for Plaid Cymru on May22nd will look after the interests of the people of Wales.”