The Labour-run county council wants to increase the amount and number of council contracts that are made available to Northumberland’s businesses.
The county spends more than £400million a year with around £135million of that spent in Northumberland safeguarding and creating an estimated 2,000 private-sector jobs.
Now the new Labour administration has signalled its intentions to increase that by more than £13.5million. The moves come as the council prepares to launch an ambitious house-building programme worth an estimated £330million over the next 10 years, which is expected to create at least 300 construction jobs each year.
The Labour leadership believes this will signal their intent to ‘support and create new private and public-sector jobs’ and will mean that ‘the council will become more relevant to its communities’.