Social Value

Social Value means getting the best outcome for people in the city from what we buy. Getting the best value doesn’t just mean getting the cheapest price - although value for money is important - it also means taking into account the overall quality of what we buy, the impact that it will have on our local communities (e.g. does it create jobs for local residents), and what the longer-term legacy for the local area will be. 

It is important because the Council is legally required to consider the Social Value implications of anything it buys that costs more than:

  • £164,176 for goods: this includes things like tools and machinery, computer equipment and catering supplies
  • £164,176 for services: this includes things like social care and support, rehabilitation, and education 
  • £4,104,394 for works: this includes things like the construction of new homes and buildings, major repairs and maintenance

in 2015 the Council developed a Social Value Commitment which sets out some guiding principles for all of its commissioned and procured activity over £5,000. These principles aim to ensure that Social Value is not an ‘add-on’ to core business, but is embedded into the goods, works or services we commission.

You can access the Social Value Commitment here (Word, 379kb), and within the Appendix to our Commissioning and Procurement Plan.

To test out this approach, the Council was selected to work with B2BNorth and the Cabinet Office as part of their Social Value Implementation and Measurement project. You can read the outcome report below.

For further information, contact

Equality and Diversity

In addition to our Social Value approach, we are committed to promoting equality and tackling discrimination. We have a duty to provide services that:

  • Support local diversity;
  • Do not lead to unfair discrimination or social exclusions; and
  • Demonstrate best value.

Our spend on goods, supplies and services contributes significantly to the local and regional economy and the people of our area have the right to expect that this spending will encourage and ensure equal opportunities. 

We have an equality policy that is available on our website.

Part of this policy covers how we will handle matters in our dealings with organisations (firms, companies or other bodies) that tender or apply to us to be considered for the award of our contracts, whether for good, services or works. 

Winning Public Service Contracts

Access to contracts within the Public Sector offers huge opportunities and revenue to business.

Public authorities are now subject to legislation that obliges them to:

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination; and
  • Promote equality of opportunity

This impacts on how we do business. We will not award contracts to businesses that have a history of discrimination in employment or service delivery.

Public authorities also have a duty to serve the entire community they are located in, and therefore it is reasonable that they expect organisations with whom they do business with to promote equal opportunities within their businesses. Increasingly, public authorities are asking businesses to demonstrate good equality policies and practice within their organisations.

Page last updated: 
24 October 2017
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