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Social Value Policy

The Council approved a Social Value Policy on the 29 September 2014.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act places a requirement on commissioners to consider the economic, environmental and social benefits of their approaches to procurement before the process starts. They also have to consider whether they should consult on these issues.

The Act applies to the pre-procurement stage of contracts for services because this is where social value can be considered to greatest effect.

Commissioners should consider social value before the procurement begins because that can inform the whole shape of the procurement approach and the design of the services required.

Commissioners can use the Act to re-think outcomes and the types of services to commission before starting the procurement process.

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