Questions to CM Assets & Member Development

Member question: Councillor C Townsend, received 27 June 2017

Subject: Living Wage - suppliers and partners

Can the Cabinet Member outline the administration’s policy on requiring suppliers and partners to pay the Living Wage.  

Can the Cabinet Member confirm that the following organisations are known to the council to be paying the living wage?  

  • Wastesavers  
  • Newport Live  
  • EAS Wales  
  • Newport Norse

Response:

The council has paid the foundation living wage by means of a non-contractual supplement to pay since April 2015 when single status was implemented for the NJC workforce who are directly employed by the council.

Newport Live and Newport Norse pay foundation living wage to the transferred workforce and the EAS has introduced foundation living wage since the transfer that took place in 2012.

Wastesavers have partial payment – there are some staff who do not currently receive it.  

If council staff transfer to an external provider, then they are contractually  required to pay the Living wage to transferring staff who continue to be engaged in the provision of council services.

Existing contractors and suppliers are encouraged to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis, but there is no legal requirement to do so.

With new contracts, there is no blanket policy of requiring all suppliers and contractors to pay the Living Wage, as this could be regarded as anti-competitive and a breach of procurement rules.

However, each new contract will be considered on its merits to assess whether the imposition of this requirement is appropriate and justifiable, having regard to the types of services being commissioned.  Issued 11 July 2017


Member question: Councillor C Evans, received 26 May 2017

Subject: Market signage

Dear Cabinet Member, I've been contacted by our market traders (see below) who are concerned about the lack of adequate signage promoting our market, will you take on board this feedback and work with Newport Norse to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

Response:

Thank you for the question. The need to improve the business environment and footfall of the Newport Market is a priority for the administration and better signage is an aspect of this which is already under consideration. 

I meet with the market traders regularly and we are constantly looking to advance the cause of the market’s businesses. This is one of many things we discuss jointly with the market traders face to face on a regular basis. 

As you will be aware, several key improvements were made to signage for the market as part of the Market refurbishment programme undertaken in 2013, with the installation of the steel ring above the market entrance and the monolith on High Street having been completed. 

More recently, updated signage at Newport Market has had a comprehensive ‘refresh’ of its branding and identity and this has followed into a marketing plan which has externally ‘signposted’ the market and has included bus advertising (rears, internals, tickets), print (South Wales Argus, Voice Media, Go Local Publication, Market Trader Magazine, Newport Matters) and social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). 

The market now also has its own leaflet which has been distributed across the city centre as well as an internal newsletter which is circulated bi-monthly to all traders and focused on some key areas, including a banner on High Street, High Street main wall, few on Dock Street, lamp post banners and finger posts.

In addition, the market is always featured in the annual Eating Out guide, and business brochures and the food festival is heavily orientated towards attracting people to the market.

Footfall counters are in the final stages of being procured for the market to provide better and more accurate information on the footfall throughout the week. Issued 7 June 2017