The Isle of Wight Council is being urged to do more to support local businesses, after the extent of the authority’s retail spend with US retail giant Amazon was revealed by the Island Labour Party.
Labour says the council’s spending with online retailers needs to be reviewed, after the party discovered over £41,000 has been spent by the Isle of Wight council with Amazon alone over the past twelve months.
Labour says the council also routinely spends large sums of cash on other major online retailers, at a time when many small local businesses are struggling.
According to Island Labour Chair, Julian Critchley: “We all accept that buying goods online can be quick and cost-effective and we all know that the council needs to save money given the austerity inflicted upon it by Conservative Government.
“But at a time when it is purporting to be supporting local business it seems that it is spending tens of thousands of pounds off-island with companies renowned for destroying jobs and avoiding fair taxation.
“If our council is habitually taking the lazy option and spending money off-island with online retailers then it needs to take stock and put its money where its mouth is.
“But it seems clear that significant amounts of money that could be kept on the Island and might even be the difference between local businesses thriving or dying are routinely being spent on companies like Amazon.”