SOCIAL VALUE TASKFORCE
In many ways this is not surprising given the financial challenges that local government has been set over the past two years, alongside the weak language of the Act itself (as noted by Lord Young) that requires public sector bodies to only ‘consider’’ social value within their commissioning and procurement processes. And yet, there are those within the public sector that have embraced the Act as if ‘manna from heaven’ stating that it is a revolutionary piece of legislation that has “the potential to transform the public sector”.
So why this difference of opinion and why are so many councils still only seeing obstacles where others see big opportunities?
There are a number of reasons being raised by local authorities including:
- lack of guidance
- concerns about additional project costs
- availability of resources
The purpose of this initiative, therefore, is to bridge this gap in our collective knowledge by providing a tool and support that may be used by all public sector organisations and their suppliers to assess where they are, help them decide where they want to get to and provide some guidance and tips on how to get there.
Take the quick online test below for a rough idea of where you stand, or download the Spreadsheet tool for a more detailed look at the different stages, and how to reach your Social Value goals.
n.b. your responses will remain confidential, though may be published in aggregate.
BRIDGING THE GAP: PUBLICATIONS
It is an open network and welcomes any organisation that wishes to get involved and who wants to help build our collective knowledge of how we can support our communities by working together through the effective implementation of the Act.
The Best Practice Social Value Task Force
• Chris White MP, Member of Parliament for Warwick and Leamington – Task Force Sponsor
• Guy Battle, CEO, The Social Value Portal – Task Force Founder
• Terry Brewer, Divisional Director of Procurement, Harrow Council – Chair
Task Force Participants and Contributors:
• Alison Symmers, Head Willmott Dixon Foundation
• Cindy Nadesan, Procurement Improvement Officer, Surrey County Council
• Dave Sweeney, Director of Transformation & Deputy Chief Officer, NHS Halton CCG & LA
• Elaine Roberts-Smith, Category Manager, Halton Borough Council
• Guy Head, Local Government Association
• Haydn Brown, Head of Procurement Strategy and Development, Birmingham City Council
• Dr. Isobel Beetham-Holman, Policy Adviser, The Cabinet Office
• Liz Holford, Director, Supply Chain Future
• Liz Welton, Assistant Director of Procurement, Coventry City Council
• Loraine Cox, Head of Procurement, Halton Borough Council
• Nicole Fletcher, Head of Sustainable Development, London Fire Brigade
• Peter Schofield, AGMA Procurement Hub Programme Manager
• Tina Holland, Programme Manager – Procurement, Local Government Association