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Should multi-million pound council contracts go out to foreign tender?

A COUNCIL has been criticised for awarding a multi-million pound wheelie bin contract to a German firm – despite a British company coming in with a quote which was £250,000 cheaper.

Durham County Council will spend £4.2m on 225,000 “twin bins” from a German supplier, which will allow it to introduce fortnightly collections next year.

The switch from weekly collections will save the Labour-run authority around £1m a year, but the change comes in defiance of the coalition Government’s wishes.

The council must save around £150m and faces losing 1,600 staff, yet it still awarded the contract to a German supplier, despite the cheaper offer from a British rival.

Today we ask, Should multi-million pound council contracts go out to foreign tender?