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This event will discuss the importance of social value. Three years on from the implementation of the Social Value Act, we would like to explore what social value means for different councils and how they are realising it in their areas.
The Social Value Act gave councils the opportunity to use their procurement power to gain additional benefits for their area. From creating sustainable employment to improving the wellbeing of residents, many councils have begun to use social value as a positive force in a time of unprecedented financial pressures.
Drawing on examples of good practice, we’ll discuss how councils have put social value at the heart of their commissioning decisions to achieve better outcomes for their areas. We’ll reflect on the barriers to success these councils may have faced and how they’ve tackled them. We’ll also consider how councils who are struggling with social value can accomplish it and access the benefits it can bring. At the event we’ll deliberate the following questions:
- How have councils maximised social value in their areas?
- Does the difficulty in measuring social value mean councils fail to capture its impact?
- Will Brexit have an impact on procurement and commissioning laws?
Cllr Majid Mahmood
Cabinet Member for Value for Money and Efficiency, Birmingham City Council
Head of Strategic Policy & Partnerships, Staffordshire County Council
We hope you’ll be able to join us to share your experiences in an intimate discussion with your peers. This event to free to attend and lunch will be provided.