Richard Leonard has accused Nicola Sturgeon of committing a “dereliction of duty” after new analysis found that billions of pounds of government contracts supported just 100,000 jobs and were almost exclusively with large corporations.
Responding to reports released today, Scottish Labour found that £1.2bn of private procurement contracts supported a relatively low number of full-time jobs despite them generating around £10bn of economic activity for Scotland.
The Scottish Labour leader described it as a “gross failure” by the Holyrood administration as the party also revealed that just 0.29% of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) benefited from the Scottish government’s procurement spend.
Commenting on the data, Leonard said: “With Scotland facing its worst unemployment crisis since the height of Thatcherism in the 1980s, this is a gross failure by Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP.
“At the very moment when the future of hundreds of Scottish businesses hangs in the balance, we discover that less than 1% of SMEs benefitted from the Scottish government’s procurement spend.