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Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting

The Joint Statement on Access to Skills, Trade Unions and Advice in Government Contracting was launched by the Cabinet Office on 15 July 2008.

The Joint Statement aims to improve the quality of services delivered under Government contracts by raising the skills of service providers' employees and by helping to ensure fair treatment. It has been developed and agreed by the following organisations in partnership with Government and as part of the work of the Public Services Forum.

It is important for Government to work with social partners to lead by example in making progress on improving the nation's skills and progress towards Government's target to ensure almost all that adults (95%) have basic literacy and numeracy skills by 2020.

This Joint Statement will give many of those who work on Government contracts the opportunity to develop basic skills they may currently lack. In addition, the Joint Statement will also ensure that those employees can access information on skills, trade unions and advice to help them in their life at work. This is particularly relevant for those employees who have little knowledge about their rights at work, or where to go for advice.

For more information, please contact the Cabinet Office Public Service Workforce Reform Team at workforcematters@cabinet-office.x.gsi.gov.uk.