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Social Value – Procurement

Anthony Collins Solicitors have compiled a comprehensive legal guide to interaction between social value considerations in public contracts and the EU legal framework for public procurement.

The purpose of this report is to recommend the adoption of a Social Value Policy, by Walsall Council, and propose ways in which the Council can embed the consideration of Social Value within all of its commissioning and procurement  activity to maximise the benefits for Walsall people and its businesses.

Provides expert guidance and practical steps to be taken through the procurement cycle as well as outlining the key lessons learned from Orbit Group’s approach.

Briefing paper discussing how Housing organisations are affected by the new legislation, both as commissioners and as providers of services.

This publication focuses on the main issues that relate to the introduction of social value within commissioning and public procurement. Special emphasis is placed on the current state of social value commissioning and how it should evolve to keep consistency with government’s commitment to opening up public services to a network of diverse and innovative providers that blend the best of the public, private and social economy.

This report is a follow-up to Achieving community benefits through contracts: Law, policy and practice (Macfarlane and Cook, 2002), which was commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and published in 2002.

It aims to update the law, demonstrate outcomes and good practice, and reflect on the implications for delivering ‘social value’, which is now a consideration for all public sector bodies in England, and many in Wales, when procuring some services

The report maps the arts and cultural sector’s experiences of public sector commissioning to date, examines the public service commissioning landscape and highlights opportunities for relationships between the sector and commissioners to be strengthened in the future.

How-to knowledge guide – the purpose of this booklet is to provide advice and guidance to buying organisations on how to develop ethical purchasing practices in their supply chains. Although intended primarily for buyers, this guidance applies equally to anyone who has responsibility for managing the supply of goods or services from an external source.

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