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New social security service boosts local economy

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Local businesses have been awarded over £2 million in contracts to support the set-up of Social Security Scotland offices in Dundee and Glasgow.

The Scottish Government Framework for Supported Businesses was used to invite bids from organisations that employ at least 30% disabled or disadvantaged people within their workforce.   

Dundee’s Dovetail Enterprises and Glasgow’s City Building were successful in gaining contracts totalling £2 million for furniture including tables, chairs and desks.

Dovetail Enterprises is a furniture manufacturer that offers training and job opportunities to disabled people. City Building works with its manufacturing facility at Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries to support employment opportunities for disabled people, including those who are visually impaired.

Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Co., a social enterprise based in Renfrewshire that employs people adjusting to life outside of the military, was awarded £50k to provide bespoke signs for offices. 

Social Security Scotland has published its Corporate Procurement Strategy today, setting out how it will continue to provide community benefits through its spending on goods and services.

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government, Shona Robison said:

“The impact of Scotland’s newest public service is broader than the payment of benefits to people across Scotland. It is also a major employer and contributes to the wider economy through awarding contracts for goods and services.

“When we talk about delivering our social security service with dignity, fairness and respect, this isn’t exclusive to the experience of clients. We want this to apply equally to the people and organisations who will work for and with Social Security Scotland.

“It is great to see how this has been applied to the establishment of our offices in Dundee and Glasgow. We are utilising local businesses, contributing to the local economy, and also working with supported businesses that are providing training and employment for people.

“As Social Security Scotland continues to grow and expand as we introduce further benefits, the economic and employment opportunities will also grow. At a time when we need to recover and build back from Covid-19, this investment is needed more than ever.”

Michelle Ferguson, Director at Scotland’s Bravest Manufacturing Company, said:

“As the leading social enterprise in Scotland providing employment to our nation’s heroes, doing business with us genuinely changes lives. Being awarded the tender to deliver bespoke signage for Social Security Scotland has made a significant impact across our manufacturing facility.

“It has been clear since the start of this project that the team at Social Security Scotland wanted this to be a partnership between our organisations. They were looking for products which delivered on both design and inclusivity and our extremely skilled team were able to deliver their requirements.”

Gary Liang, Commercial Manager at Dovetail Enterprises, said:

“This opportunity is an important route to market for us and has made a positive contribution to turnover and has enhanced the profile of Dovetail. It has also allowed us to develop and foster relationships with customers in the public sector which will continue to grow as we aim to secure further orders through the Supported Business Framework.

“Most importantly, the revenue generated for Dovetail through the Supported Business Framework, helps to ensure we can continue with our primary goal which is to provide employment and training opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged members of society.”

Background

·       Social Security Scotland’s head office location is in Dundee (Agnes Husband House, 6 Dundee Central, Dundee DD1 4BY).

·       In addition, the service also has a second operational site in Glasgow city centre (220 High Street, G4 0QW) and a staff presence in every local authority across Scotland.

·       Public bodies are able to reserve contracts to Supported Businesses whose main aim is the social and professional integration of disabled or disadvantaged persons, and where at least 30% of the employees are disabled or disadvantaged persons. For more information on Supported Businesses, visit https://www.gov.scot/publications/supported-factories-and-businesses-framework/

·       Once fully operational, Social Security Scotland will make payments to 1.8 million children and adults – around one in three people in Scotland.

·       Social Security Scotland expect that In the financial year beginning April 2021, spending on goods and services will be more than £5 million (not including VAT)

·       People can read Social Security Scotland’s latest procurement strategy at socialsecurity.gov.scot/reporting/publications/corporate-procurement-strategy

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