Council leader’s national campaign for councils to support British Steel

10:34, Friday, 28th June 2019

North Lincolnshire Council’s leader has today written to more than 100 council bosses across the country urging them to back British Steel by signing the UK Steel Charter.

Cllr Rob Waltham recently secured support from Lincolnshire County Council and North East Lincolnshire Council in joining North Lincolnshire Council to sign the Steel Charter, committing to using sustainable steel and UK steel in construction projects.

North Lincolnshire Council has used almost 1,000 tonnes of steel from British Steel in its most recent major building projects, including

  • St John’s Market in Scunthorpe
  • Axholme North Leisure Centre in Crowle
  • Church Square House office development in Scunthorpe
  • Ongo office development in Scunthorpe
  • Belton Kitchen and Visitor Centre
  • Bottesford and Yaddlethorpe Visitor Centre
  • Baysgarth extension
  • River Trent flood defence scheme
  • Killingholme Marshes Pumping Station
  • The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe

Cllr Rob Waltham said: “There are a great many things we can do to support the UK’s steel industry and the workers here in Scunthorpe. We need to use public money for public good and I am urging councils across the country to support British steel and the jobs the industry brings to our country.

“The Government fought hard to secure social value as a key factor for the public sector when choosing to purchase products such as steel. We need to make sure we use this to provide an important market for our steel industry.

“Our best hope of securing a prosperous future for British Steel comes from finding a buyer who sees the potential in the market for steel in the UK and abroad. By asking these 100 councils to pledge to, wherever possible, use British steel, we can provide a significant amount of buying power and generate an important set of public funded customers for our steel industry to access. Helping to provide confidence to a potential buyer, whist helping keep jobs locally. The Government have done a great deal to support the industry and this campaign will, we hope, play a small part towards helping secure a future for steel in our area.”

By signing the pledge, councils and private companies support the aims and objectives of the UK Steel Charter which has been developed to maximise opportunities for UK steel producers in construction and infrastructure by:

  • Helping ensure the best possible economic benefit to the UK economy by increasing GVA in the UK manufacturing supply chains
  • Unlock the social, environmental and economic benefits of shortened and localised supply chains
  • Promote and facilitate the use of UK produced steel in construction and infrastructure projects
  • Support highly paid, skilled manufacturing jobs and training opportunities in communities across the UK

North Lincolnshire Council is holding an Extraordinary Council Meeting to consider a cross-party motion in support of securing a future for British Steel and pledging to work with a future buyer. It is taking place today (Friday 28 June) at 3pm at the council headquarters, Church Square House in Scunthorpe.