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Crooked security firms shut out from social housing
Cowboy security firms will be banned from any contracts in social housing construction across Scotland, Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil revealed today.
Contracts to guard building sites will only be awarded to firms that are members of the UK Security Industry Authority approved contractors’ scheme.
Police forces and law enforcement agencies across Scotland have teamed up to target unscrupulous security firms involved in the construction sector.
The new rules extend to housing associations and other affordable housing grant recipients the same checks that already apply to Scottish Government departments.
Mr Neil said: “Police tell us that some firms providing ‘security’ are no more than fronts for organised crime. They use cash from these contracts to bankroll their trails of misery of drug dealing and violence.
“They should have no hiding place in Scotland – least of all siphoning from budgets which help the most vulnerable people who need social housing. More often than not, they are the main victims of these criminals.”