Figures obtained by Stockport Labour Group show that Lib Dem controlled Stockport Council is spending less with local businesses despite the refusal of a senior Lib Dem councillor to accept the Council’s own figures.
At the Full Council meeting on Thursday 14th February, Labour councillor Alex Ganotis asked Lib Dem Executive Member Cllr Martin Candler if the Council would look to adopt a new procurement policy to ensure that more local businesses won contracts with the Council to supply goods and services. Cllr Ganotis referred to figures provided by the Council which show that the amount the Council spends with local businesses based in Stockport fell from 24% in both of the last two years to 21% between April and November 2012.
However, Cllr Candler said he did not accept Cllr Ganotis’ comments that spend with local firms had fallen.
Cllr Ganotis commented after the Full Council meeting:
“I am disappointed that Cllr Candler refused to look at how the Council can better support local firms. It is pretty shocking that he is unaware of the Council’s own figures that show the amount it spends with local businesses in Stockport is falling.
“With the economy flat-lining, local businesses really need a shot in the arm and having a new Council procurement policy which looks to buy local first would make a huge difference, particularly to small businesses.
“Tameside Council have had a ‘Tameside Works First’ policy for a couple of years and it has helped many local firms win contracts and has ploughed money back into the local economy.”