• socialvalue
  • 3 minutes
  • 12/05/2021
10292

The Queen’s Speech supporting social value

As the Queen delivered her most gracious speech to both Houses of Parliament yesterday, Social Value Portal CEO Guy Battle identifies some key takeaways for public procurers and suppliers that show how we can expect to level up our communities and help them to recover and renew.

Procurement Bill quote from Queen's speech
Source: thetimes.co.uk

There is much to say about the Queen’s Speech yesterday, but most important of all, are the proposals to bring forward a new Procurement Bill to replace old EU rules that simplify procurement, AND to require all public sector buyers to consider ‘social value’ when picking suppliers.

This follows on from a consultation on the green paper on procurement reform which closed in March. The government is still assessing this, but it is expected to be introduced from September 2021.

The Speech included a number of other key issues that will drive social value, including an overarching theme of levelling up that builds on the report Levelling Up Our Communities by Danny Kruger MP; as well as helping communities to recover and renew.

So what do both buyers and suppliers need to consider?

There are key issues addressed in the speech that both buyers and suppliers need to consider in their procurements and bids:

  • How can you support a national recovery from the pandemic that makes the United Kingdom stronger, healthier and more prosperous than before?
  • How do your proposals level up opportunities across all parts of the United Kingdom, supporting jobs, businesses and economic growth and addressing the impact of the pandemic on public services?
  • How can you support the health and wellbeing of the nation, including tackling obesity and improving mental health?
  • How can investment into large infrastructure projects unlock more social value for communities, including proposals to transform connectivity by rail and bus and to extend 5G mobile coverage and gigabit-capable broadband?
  • How can you support a lifetime skills guarantee?
  • What steps are you taking to invest in new green industries to create jobs, whilst protecting the environment?

This is all very positive and exciting, and certainly builds on the momentum generated by Procurement Policy Note PPN06/20. The fact that the government is placing such importance on place-based procurement and social value creation must be great news for communities.

Support at the ready

Here at Social Value Portal, we are ready to support both buyers and suppliers in the public sector. We’re developing not only a set of TOMs (Themes, Outcomes, Measures) that precisely reflects the Social Value Model, but also a bid management tool designed to support procurement and bid teams in maximising their social value.

If you’d like to know more,get in touch with the team.

_____

Get more insights into social value

14122

Social value people: Michelle McCann of NHS London Procurement Partnership

Part of our 'Social value people' series. For our inaugural edition, we sat down with Michelle McCann, Executive Director of Sustainability and Social Value at NHS London Procurement Partnership.

Read More
14113

Queen's Speech 2022: reasons to be cheerful

The Queen's Speech 2022 continued from where the Levelling Up agenda left off. Our CEO, Guy Battle, highlights some reasons to be cheerful, and throws in a few words of warning in the process.

Read More
8307

Neighbourly: The Power of Local in Delivering Social Value

Neighbourly are one of the sponsors at the National Social Value Conference 2022. In this article their CEO, Steve Butterworth, discusses the importance of local infrastructure in making a difference on a national scale. 

Read More
12490

Sodexo: Delivering Change

Sodexo are one of the platinum sponsors of the National Social Value Conference 2022, and we're thrilled that they've chosen to support the conference. Angela Halliday is their director of social impact in UK and Ireland. Here, she discusses what social value means to Sodexo, and the ways in which they work to make a difference in communities across the country.

Read More