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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Andy Brown
Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 8:17 pm
I'd just like to have the bins emptied on a consistent basis and not worry about whether there are gender neutral toilets in the council headquarters.
Alan Brough
Tuesday 10th November 2020 at 10:16 pm
More Orwellian “Council Speak”

When did the local Council Tax payers agree to fund 7000 days of “voluntary work?”
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 7:56 am
Surely if one “volunteers” one does not get paid?
Andy Brown
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 2:49 pm
Pete Taylor - as per the last sentence:

"employees get two-days paid leave to carry out volunteering work"

So the council (we the taxpayer) pays them.
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 4:14 pm
@ Andy Brown; my point exactly. And what about the costs of covering their absence using colleagues?
Andy Brown
Wednesday 11th November 2020 at 7:44 pm
Pete - my bad. Missed the nuance of your original comment.

The costs covered by the likes of me and you. Already looking forward to next year's rise in council tax!
Alan Brough
Tuesday 17th November 2020 at 11:46 am
I'd be interested to see / hear some examples of the sort of voluntary work undertaken by the Council employees.

Seven thousand hours (even at minimum wage) amounts to a significant chunk of our money. I've no problem with that per se, providing there is a tangible benefit that counteract some of the cuts that CE are making elsewhere.

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