What do we do?
All contracts with a value in excess of £25k have social value considered before the procurement exercise commences, and where possible we ensure it is captured and forms part of the contract award process.
We encourage the consideration and adoption of Social Value in procurement of less than £25k, but it is not mandatory.
We work closely with commissioners and service users, to understand and assess what opportunities exist to deliver social value through their contracts, by either amending specifications to build elements of Social Value in as a core requirement, or considering what is in the art of the possible for bidding suppliers. Where considered necessary, we also encourage public consultation with users or residents to take first hand consideration of what matters most to our local communities.
An appropriate method of market engagement will also be used to consult with the relevant market, or sectors that have an interest in supporting social value outcomes, with the aim of making sure that what we are asking to be delivered is relevant and proportionate to the contract, and more importantly, any captured Social Value can be delivered. The intention is to provide the opportunity to engage and feedback prior to the bidding process, but not to restrict innovation from the market.