Social Value

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force on 31st January 2013. It requires public bodies to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area. Social Value is “the benefit to the community from a commissioning/procurement process over and above the direct purchasing of goods, services and outcomes”.

There is no authoritative list of what these benefits may be; the Act is deliberately flexible to give commissioners and procurement officials the freedom to determine what kind of additional value would best serve the needs of the local community as well as creating an opportunity for suppliers to innovate.

Trafford Council is committed to ensuring that investment undertaken in Trafford provides added social, environmental and economic value for residents. This document provides an overview of Trafford’s strategic priorities to enable suppliers to identify the added value they can offer through their submission. These priorities are aligned with the Greater Manchester Social Value Framework which identifies the priority key themes and outcomes for Greater Manchester. 

The Greater Manchester Social Value themes are as follows: a) Promote employment and economic sustainability – tackle unemployment and facilitate the development of skills b) Raise the living standards of local residents – working towards living wage, maximise employee access to entitlements such as childcare and encourage suppliers to source labour from within Greater Manchester c) Promote participation and citizen engagement - encourage resident participation and promote active citizenship d) Build the capacity and sustainability of the voluntary and community sector– practical support for local voluntary and community groups e) Promote equity and fairness – target effort towards those in the greatest need or facing the greatest disadvantage and tackle deprivation across the borough f) Promote environmental sustainability – reduce wastage, limit energy consumption and procure materials from sustainable sources

For more information on Social Value visit the STAR (Stockport, Trafford and Rochdale) Procurement website.

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