Social Value

Find out about the Public Services (Social Value) Act and Colchester Borough Council's approach to Social Value


  • About the Public Services (Social Value) Act
  • About Colchester Borough Council's approach to Social Value

Public Services (Social Value) Act

The Public Services (Social Value) Act come into force on 31 January 2013. The Act applies to public services contracts and framework agreements relating to services to which the Public Contracts Regulations 2006 ("the Regulations") apply.

Under the Act, councils must consider how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the relevant area and how, in conducting the process of procurement, the Council may act with a view to securing that improvement ("Social Value").

Colchester Borough Council's approach to Social Value

The Act's requirements was debated at the July 2013 meeting of the Cabinet.

The Cabinet agreed that the key social value issues applicable to Colchester Borough Council are to consider appropriate and relevant measures to address the impact on the local economy and on the environment, and compliance with the Living Wage at the pre-procurement stage of future procurements over the EU threshold.

The Council's Procurement Strategy reflects the requirements of the Social Value Act.  The Council will also use the Act to encourage the creation of jobs for apprentices.

The Council introduced the Living Wage for its staff in 2013. At its March 2015 meeting, the Cabinet agreed a requirement to pay the UK Living Wage as a minimum be included in new tenders for services provided by external contractors directly on behalf of the Council from 1 June 2015 onwards.

The Council became a Living Wage Employer in February 2016, accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.This means that as well as paying the Living Wage to all directly employed staff, a phased plan for third party contracted staff is in place as relevant contracts come up for renewal.

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