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Council set to put levelling up and social value at the heart of its work

Published
23.03.2022

Gloucestershire County Council’s Cabinet is set to put levelling up at the heart of its work with changes to its social value policy.

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At its meeting on 30 March, the Cabinet will consider changes to the policy. The changes would see new council contracts worth more than £178,000 ranked, where appropriate, not only by price and quality, but also by the additional social value that the proposal can bring to the people of Gloucestershire.

The additional social value includes job creation and the environment, as well as healthier, safer and more resilient communities.

In line with the council’s ambitions to improve the quality of life for every community, changes to the policy will help ensure residents get the most out of money spent by Gloucestershire County Council and help to address areas of deprivation in the county.

This new policy has already been trialled by the council in several contract procurements. The council will publish the social value benefits from contracts each year to showcase the outcomes to the community.

Contractors that make successful bids will be held to their social value commitments, ensuring that they are providing the best service for both the council and its residents.

Cllr Philip Robinson, Cabinet member for Economy, Education and Skills at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “We are committed to levelling up in Gloucestershire and improvements to our social value policy will help ensure that we improve the quality of life across our communities.

“I would urge contractors to consider how they can add social value to the work they do on behalf of the council. By working with those companies, we can help to ensure that everyone feels the effect of levelling up in Gloucestershire.”

You can read the full cabinet report here.

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