Delivery of Social Value through Procurement
Chorley Borough Council recognises the important role it can play in enabling Social Value through procurement activity and has implemented a Social Value Policy which outlines how the Council intends to achieve this. For relevant contracts above £100,000 (and possibly lower), the Council will require potential suppliers to submit details on how they will deliver social value through delivery of the contract. This will be given a percentage weighting and will form part of the assessment of submissions.
Social Value is defined by The Social Value Portal as:
"An umbrella term for the wider economic, social and environmental effects of an organisations activities. Organisations that make a conscious effort to ensure that these effects are positive can be seen as adding social value by contributing to the long-term wellbeing and resilience of individuals, communities and society in general."
Social Value deliverables may be assessed across the five following areas:
- Promoting local skills and employment (jobs).
- Supporting growth of responsible regional businesses (Business).
- Creating healthier, safer and more resilient communities (Social).
- Protecting and improving our environment (Environment).
- Promoting social innovation (Innovation).
The National Social Value Measurement Framework (the 'National TOMs') will be used to embed Social Value in the Council's procurement process, and contract manage its delivery through regular data entry and reporting. The council has partnered with The Social Value Portal to help support and facilitate this process.
The National TOMs Framework contains 5 principal issues or 'Themes', 20 core 'Outcomes' and 48 core 'Measures' ('TOMs'):
- Themes - overarching strategic themes.
- Outcomes - objectives or goals that will realise the delivery of the Themes.
- Measures - specific and measurable initiatives or activities that can be delivered to achieve the Outcomes.
The National TOMs Framework is designed to provide Measures that suppliers can deliver as part of their local authority contracts. A customised version of the National TOMs will be used to measure the additional Social Value generated through Chorley Borough Council's procurement process. View more onformation on the TOMs Framework.
Further information on what this means when responding to Chorley Borough Council procurement opportunities can be found in the documents below:
- Social Value Policy November 2021
Social Value Toolkit : COMING SOON this document will outline Chorley Borough Council's approach to achieving Social Value for its residents and communities. It provides support, information and guidance to suppliers when considering working with the Council.