Reflecting on the past two years, it’s clear we need holistic, integrated solutions that put people at the heart of our thinking about the built environment. Through their Building Communities strategy, Countryside are taking a whole systems approach to improving the way they work with communities, to maximise social value in their projects and build sustainable, thriving places.
London’s intensifying needs, budget constraints and charged public mood are driving increasingly defined requirements for social value within the procurement process. Seven years on from the Social Value Act, there’s significant variance in the approaches to and strength of uptake, with authorities in the Midlands and the North leading the … Read more
The Social Value Act, introduced in 2013, allows councils to take social value delivered through a contract into account when procuring services. The legislation was intended to help local authorities commission services based on the best overall value to the community, rather than just awarding contracts based on lowest cost. … Read more