Bristol asks residents for input on new social value policy

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
19 October 2015

Bristol City Council is asking its residents for their thoughts on its new social value policy.

The city, which spends around £330 million a year, has set a target of spending 25 per cent of that total with SMEs, social enterprises and voluntary or community organisations.

The policy sets out eight objectives. These are applying a 10 per cent weighting to social value in the tender process; Involving the local community in the commissioning process; Considering  the environmental impact as part of the tender process; Undertaking work with diverse suppliers; Maximising opportunities for employment and skills through commissioning; Promoting the local economy; Nurturing assets within the community, and; Growing relationships with the business community, social enterprises and voluntary and community organisations.

It is a response to the Social Value Act, which obliges public sector bodies to consider how procurement can be used to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of an area.

Geoff Gollop, councillor and deputy mayor of Bristol, said: “Only by gathering the views of the wider community can we truly be sure that this policy will deliver benefits for the city as a whole. I see social value as a way of recognising the real benefit to our local communities.”

The policy also pledges to implement training on social value policy for procurement and commissioning staff, and also communicate with staff, suppliers and partners.

The consultation is open until 8 January 2016 and the online survey can be found here.

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