Local procurement

We should always aim to source materials and workforces locally. Government should take the lead on this. When we are thinking about costs we can't just look for the cheapest option when this will cost the planet in terms of carbon emissions. The way our economy has moved towards relying on  an overseas workforce  (paid poverty wages)rather paying local workers a decent wage to do the work is morally bankrupt and is driving increases in climate emissions. 

The idea of Community Wealth Building could be useful here.

Why the contribution is important

It is important that we replace our globalised economy with a localised, circular one which will hugely reduce carbon emissions from transport 

by MaryScott on October 25, 2020 at 05:30PM

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  • Posted by Lovefood2 October 25, 2020 at 20:50

    When governments sets standards for businesses to follow they should buy from them otherwise what is the point of setting the bar
  • Posted by DCSmith October 26, 2020 at 05:51

    I wish local people would take up those positions on farms where seasonal labour is required.
    It is hard work, and mostly at least the minimum wage is paid, or paid on results. Foreign workers are willing to "stick in" and subsequently can earn a good wage. But British people seem to have lost the inclination to do this kind of work.
    As a child we looked forward to the "tattie Holidays" where we could get picked up at 7.30 Am by the local farmer, work till 5Pm with a couple of breaks for our "piece", and at the end of the day, when we were paid, the money earned was most welcome.
    This was not child labour. or exploitation, but the way life was then, and everyone appreciated it!
  • Posted by JohnH October 26, 2020 at 14:38

    It depends what "local" means here. There are multinationals with HQ in Edinburgh. There are small local business that are some of the biggest polluters. I think we mean to be buying through wellbeing economy businesses like social enterprises which seek wellbeing and environmental protection over profit by definition.
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