Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Andrew Gwynne, has pressed the Government to provide more details on how any additional costs will be funded following the collapse of contractor Carillion.
In response to a question by Labour’s Chris Elmore, the Government committed to provide the necessary funding required by the Official Receiver to maintain public services carried on by Carillion staff, subcontractors and suppliers – including those delivered by NHS Trusts and Local Government.
Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Andrew Gwynne MP, said:
“All staff that are engaged on local authority contracts with Carillion do essential work and I welcome the Minister‘s promise to help support Councils at this difficult time.
“But the devil is always in the detail. We need to know how the Government plans to handle any service cost and ‘equal pay’ implications for Councils who return services in-house as a result of Carillion’s collapse.
“I am determined that any additional costs or new burdens placed on the sector needs to be fully funded by central government. Council taxpayers must not be forced to pay twice for this debacle.”