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Community Benefit

The first question we should ask when developing any  contract specification should be: ‘Can we include a community benefit clause?’

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, March 2010


As a result of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, which received Royal Assent on 17th June 2014, all public sector construction opportunities in Scotland, which are over £4m in value, now require community benefit proposals as part of the tender. In England and Wales, the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires all public bodies to consider how their procurement can improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area in question.

We can help you to understand the motivations and requirements of the client and to formulate a community benefit submission that will maximise the social benefits from meeting those requirements, while staying within your own commercial parameters.

Most community benefit contracts will require outcomes in:

Targeted recruitment and training

Supply chain opportunities for SMEs and Third Sector

Community Enhancement

 

To deliver these outcomes successfully requires a corporate commitment, a robust strategy and an understanding of the client’s needs.  Adequate staffing resources are required, along with appropriate processes and procedures, to both implement and measure the initiatives and their outcomes.

Once you are appointed, we can help you deliver all of the initiatives by acting as a community benefits co-ordinator on your behalf or, alternatively, we can support your own staff and help develop their capacity going forward.