Well-intentioned words

23 August 2007

This week SM’s adviser panel was asked:

We are doing a lot of work with local SMEs and are identifying how we can use social/community benefit clauses in contracts. Do you have examples of the exact wording we can use in public sector contracts?

SME development officer, Caerphilly

Our advisers said –

* These clauses merely act as statements of intent on the direction the contract realtionship should take - they do not coerce the supplier to deliver its promises
* Public authorities may specify special conditions on performance of the contract, including social considerations
* Community benefits are social, environmental and economic requirements included in contracts where they are not conventionally defined as outcomes.

Do you have any examples of exact wording that can be used?

Council House, Manor Square, Solihull B91 3QB
Up to £75K
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Barrow-In-Furness and Frimley
£Competitive and Dependent on Experience
BAE Systems
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