- The toolkit is designed for district councils to harness the benefits of social value in their procurement processes.
- Social value refers to the broader financial and non-financial value created by an organisation, impacting individual and community well-being, social capital, and the environment.
- The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 mandates public sector organisations to consider how their commissioned services can enhance the economic, social, and environmental well-being of an area.
Benefits of Social Value:
- Offers better value for money by expecting suppliers to deliver more than just core services.
- Increases local spend, especially with SMEs and VCSEs.
- Provides opportunities for disadvantaged individuals and promotes social mobility.
- Encourages a responsible supply chain and environmental sustainability.
- Strengthens communities and fosters innovation.
Developing a Social Value Policy:
- A Social Value Policy bridges the gap between the Council Plan and its procurements.
- The policy ensures that everything in the Council Plan is relevant to procurement.
- The document provides a draft template for councils to create their own Social Value Policy.
National Social Value Measurement (TOMs) Framework:
- Developed by the National Social Value Task Force, the TOMs framework helps organisations identify and measure the social value delivered through contracts.
- The framework revolves around 5 themes: promoting skills and employment, supporting local business growth, creating healthier communities, improving the environment, and promoting social innovation.
Including Social Value in Procurements:
- The toolkit recommends a standalone weighting of 10-20% for social value in the evaluation of procurements.
- Bidders are provided with a set of measures and values to select and propose their social value contributions.
- The total value of all contributions represents the overall social value offer to the council.
Capturing and Evaluating Bidders' Offers:
- Offers can be captured using the Social Value Portal, ensuring transparency.
- Bids are assessed both quantitatively and qualitatively, based on the criteria outlined in the ITT.
This toolkit serves as a comprehensive guide for district councils to understand, implement, and benefit from social value in their procurement processes.