Council says its ‘social value’ policy will help address inequalities and support local businesses

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Cheshire East Council is to launch its new 'social value' policy, which will apply to the commissioning of goods and services.

The policy means that all suppliers and providers of council services are expected to meet the core values set out by the council – ranging from climate change to health inequalities.

Council leader, Councillor Sam Corcoran, said: "Through social value we aim to support sustainable and inclusive economic development in our borough.

"This is a call to action to support local economic recovery following the impact of Covid-19 and, through having a social value policy within the council's supply chain, we want to build links between the public, business, voluntary, faith and social enterprise sectors in Cheshire East.

"We want to tackle health inequalities, improve mental wellbeing and address other social inequalities, which can be done through good quality employment opportunities, community development, housing, transport and environmental planning.

"Our social value policy has been developed jointly with the NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and supports our ambitions for integrated commissioning across the council and the CCG. There are joined-up priorities and objectives such as economic recovery, climate change and carbon neutral ambitions."

Council deputy leader, Councillor Craig Browne, said: "Our social value policy supports our ambitions for integrated commissioning across the council and the CCG. There are joined up priorities and objectives such as economic recovery, climate change and carbon neutral ambitions."

The council's cabinet has now approved the policy and all future procurement of goods and suppliers would be expected to play their part by employing local people, building local skills and local training opportunities, using local supply chains themselves and/or investing in local projects.

In turn, the council sys it will also ensure its own corporate social responsibility and ethical practices are up to date and meet expectations in terms of employment, the environment and other obligations within a social values charter and framework. In addition to the council's carbon-neutral commitment and reduced use of plastics, its 3,500 employees get two-days paid leave to carry out volunteering work in the community.

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Pete Taylor
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 8:05 am
I’m not sure about paying CEC staff to “volunteer”. 7000 man-days equals 56000 man-hours; that’s rather a lot of time!
Is it me?
Kathryn Blackburn
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 12:04 pm
All in favour of the employees volunteering to fill in potholes, tow away illegally parked cars and re-surface pavements.
Alan Brough
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 2:48 pm
@ Pete Taylor,

I calculate that's roughly the equivalent of keeping a four man refuse collection crew on the road for a year.

Would that we all had the ability to demonstrate such largesse in these straightened times (insert ironic smiley)
Andrew Backhouse
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 3:17 pm
Really pleased to see Cheshire East following Preston City Council in trying to get more local people and businesses employed - therefore keeping more money in the local economy than off to far off lands. Of course it won't be perfect - but who is?!
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 4:10 pm
@ Alan Brough; presumably when (for example) that four man crew, or anyone else, is “volunteering” their normal duties will be covered by colleagues on overtime rates?
John Gibbons
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 6:01 pm
Agreed Andrew. And a few OAPs gardens and forgotten corners of the area get tidied up.
Julian Barlow
Friday 13th November 2020 at 5:00 am
For starters I’ll have the meaningless sound bites please, and for the main course I’ll have the word salad.
Simon Worthington
Saturday 14th November 2020 at 6:51 pm
Easy to spend other people’s money. Buy the best available at the price allocated. I doubt that the skills required to understand climate change exist at East Cheshire Council.

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