Cumbria County Council has gone further than most Local Authorities in ensuring that it maximises the social, community and economic benefits of all its public sector spending as a matter of course. In 2006 the Council took part in a national pilot by the North East Centre of Excellence and the Office of the Third Sector (Cabinet Office) to look at the wider use of social issues in procurement. Under this project the Council aimed to secure social value by ensuring that social clauses were used in every appropriate contract. At the same time the Council worked to increase the third sector’s capacity to respond to public sector procurement opportunities. A Third Sector Programme Manager was appointed to lead the work. The appointment has continued after the end of the pilot and the Council continues to strive to ensure its spending delivers social benefit.