Worcestershire County Council procurement toolkit

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This toolkit was developed in 2013 by Worcestershire County Council to advise on best practices for procurement in regards to generating social value. The toolkit outlines The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and gives examples of instances where social benefits have been created though the commissioning process. The procurement process is outlined and information given on how to best monitor and measure social value generation.

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Solstice Nurseries maintenance services

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Grampian Housing Association awarded a 3 year open spaces maintenance contract worth £100,000 to Solstice Nurseries in 2006. Solstice Nurseries is a social enterprise providing training and employment in horticulture to people with mental health difficulties. The decision to award the contract to Solstice Nurseries was made in recognition of social value generation and value for money in providing the service.

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Social Return on Investment – London Borough Waste Management Company

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This report gives an example of good practice in regards to how an organisation can review the social value it generates through providing a service.

Sustainable Business Partnership was employed by a Waste Management Company (WMC) to review the social impact of its work in London Borough. This review of social value used Social Impact Mapping and a Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis.

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Selwood Housing

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The following information has been taken from Selwood Housing ‘Social Value in Commissioning’: “As a housing provider we are ultimately responsible for providing safe and secure homes for people who need them. But we are also a charitable social enterprise and one of our key aims is to get people to take responsibility for their own lives and help them to help themselves so when we commission new services or contracts we look for solutions to suit the community, not just us as the commissioner Continue reading

Raploch URC

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Raploch is one of the most deprived places in the Forth Valley. Industrial decline saw unemployment rocket to 75%. Raploch URC was set up in 2004 to lead the town’s regeneration. Because of the dearth of employment opportunities Raploch URC recognised that the town’s physical regeneration was inseparable from the need to create local employment and skills opportunities. It therefore pioneered the use of social value clauses to ensure that any contractor or developer would provide a set number of training and employment opportunities over the life of the project. Raploch URC commissioned the R3 consortium to build 900 homes in the area over a 10 year period at the same time delivering a range of social benefits.

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Provision of school milk

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Fresh Pastures is a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up by 2 people who wanted to take a more innovative approach to providing milk to schools. As well as providing local milk they also wanted to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed. 25% of its workforce comprises people with a disability and the remainder are recruited from the long-term unemployed. Any profit is ring-fenced for social benefit and ploughed back into the company.

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Playing an Active Role – Halo Leisure

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Halo Leisure was established in 2002 when the council of Leominster (one of the most deprived areas of the UK) was under pressure to provide more funding for leisure centres. Halo Leisure’s founders saw an opportunity to lease the leisure centres and reach the widest customer base possible. Annual turnover of the leisure centres is over £6.7 million and 190 staff are employed.

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Oldham Council Social Value Procurement Framework

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Oldham Council, in keeping with their aim of “delivering a Co-operative Borough” has developed a social value procurement framework. This framework details social, economic and environmental outcomes against which tenders will be evaluated and contracts monitored. This will allow the council to formally and consistently achieve social value in commissioning and procurement.

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Oldham Council and banking service

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Oldham Council carried out a tendering process which took into account social value when commissioning for a banking service.

Previously the banking service was provided by the Co-operative Bank, but instability of the organisation and opportunities to achieve greater value for money with a different provider led to a decision by Oldham Council to secure a new provider. Barclays Bank was awarded the contract, scoring higher than rival bidders Lloyds Bank and Nat West Bank on technical/service quality and pricing.

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