Social value is intrinsic to all of the services that we commission and procure as they all ultimately contribute to our aim of improving the lives of Derbyshire residents. If we are to continue to deliver the services that local people need with fewer resources, there will need to be better targeted, more innovative and radical service delivery solutions. Maximising social value through the procurement of goods, services and works can help us to achieve this.
The Social Value Act 2012 came into force on 31 January 2013. The act places a requirement on commissioners and procurement officers to consider the economic, environmental and social benefits of their approaches to the procurement of public services. Although the act does not require social value to be considered in contracts for goods and works, we will consider the inclusion of social value in all contracts in line with identified best practice elsewhere.
Social Value Framework
The Social Value Framework seeks to achieve a consistent and corporate approach to social value, ensuring that additional social, environmental and economic outcomes are systematically incorporated into the procurement process. The framework clearly states our aims in relation to social value, and identifies a range of possible outcomes for each priority.
Social Value Procurement Guide
The Social Value Procurement Guide provides practical step-by-step advice and support to officers who have a role in our procurement activity in applying the Social Value Procurement Framework.