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Policy support fund - The role and impact of employment charters and procurement by subnational authorities to achieve good work standards

This project works with the TUC to examine the uptake of public procurement as a tool for promoting good work and its link to local employment charters in England in a comparative perspective. The TUC will be involved as a partner and the findings will provide important insights and evidence for the TUC’s future policies and strategies in this area.

The main research questions are:

  1. Where and under which conditions is procurement used as a tool to promote good work practices?
  2. What is the impact of using public procurement as a tool for promoting good work on employment practices and on employer business models?
  3. Do employment charters influence the use of procurement to promote good work?
  4. How do Mayoral Combined Authorities’ (MCA) practices affect local authorities’ policies in their area?
  5. What is the impact of the above on employment (practices) and businesses?

The project will involve a review of relevant documents and other information, and interviews with MCA and local authority staff, and other stakeholders.

Project Team:

Peter Dickinson (Principal Investigator)

Dr Emily Erickson

Dr Katharina Sarter

Project duration:

October 2022 - June 2023