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Community Benefits

We are committed to promoting Sustainable Development through our policies, strategies and services. This means ensuring our actions contribute to social, economic and environmental well-being now and in the future, thus achieving best value for money.

The aim is to build stronger communities, reduce social exclusion and poverty and encourage the development of the economy. The inclusion of Community Benefits in public sector procurement is designed to ensure that wider social, economic and environmental issues are taken into account when tendering construction, service or supplies contracts. Helping to maximise the impact on public spending.

Value Wales (Welsh Assembly Government), has produced a guide to Community Benefits which offers advice on the different approaches that procurers are encouraged to take to deliver added value by the inclusion of community benefits in their procurement activities.

Key Priorities for Potential Community Benefits -

  • Training and employment: Promote skills & labour, offer apprenticeships.
  • Supply Chain initiatives: Supplier engagement, second tier supply chain opportunities.
  • Working with 3rd Sector & supported factories & businesses.
  • Community Initiatives: Volunteering days, support for local youth groups and other community groups, mini sporting tournaments.
  • Education Contribution: Work/school placements, talks to children on career paths.

What are Community Benefits?

Community Benefits are sometimes referred to as Social Clauses or Social Requirements. By incorporating these into our procurement exercises in addition to delivering the primary objectives of the contract (i.e. appoint a supplier to provide a service/goods/works) we are seeking to promote additional opportunities which will benefit the wider community. This might include training and employment opportunities, improved supply-chain opportunities, increased educational contributions and/or community initiatives.

We are committed to maximising the value for every pound we spend, and via the use of Community Benefits we believe we can promote social, economic and environmental wellbeing in the widest possible sense. We are maximising the value of council spending and regeneration investment demonstrating effective use of our wellbeing powers, and also how strategies designed to tackle worklessness and unemployment can address demand-side issues by working in partnership with private sector providers and investors. 

Community Benefits cover a whole range of areas:

Employment and Training Opportunities

  • Recruit and train long term economically inactive persons and or 16-24 year olds not in education employment or training (NEETs) as part of the workforce delivering this contract. You might be required to agree to a set number of person weeks of employment/experience per annum (To be agreed upon contract award). A person-week is the equivalent of one person working for 5 days either on site, or through a mix of on-site work and off-site training (paid or unpaid).
  • Consider employing an apprentice during the contract period.
  • Offer work placements to school, colleges and university students as part of their course or for any individual interested in gaining experience in your sector.

Supply Chain Opportunities

  • Create opportunities for SME’s to bid for work through the supply chain.
  • Sign up to various mentoring schemes to provide advice and support to new companies or SME’s.

Additional Benefits

  • Community Initiatives: Volunteering days, Contribute to community regeneration schemes, Sponsor mini sporting tournaments e.g. rugby or football etc.
  • Educational Contributions: Engage positively with school-age children; Work placements for secondary-school children and college students , Visits to primary schools to engage with younger children, Provide educational opportunities to local schools e.g. site visits etc., Development of bespoke qualifications with local colleges.

Depending on the tender process in question there will be instructions included as part of the Invitation to Tender Pack.

You are likely to be asked to submit a Community Benefit Method Statement as part of your submission which will either be scored as part of the quality evaluation at tender stage or not evaluated during the tender but considered for the successful tenderer and form part of the Terms and Conditions of the contract thereafter.

These two different approaches are called Core and Non Core.

Core Approach:

Where Community Benefits have been identified as a core part of the requirement and are therefore included as part of the award criteria. Tenderers Community Benefit’s submissions are evaluated with the rest of the tender.

Non Core Approach:

Community Benefits will not be evaluated as part of the tender process (no scores are allocated at either Selection or Award stage), however they may be included as conditions of the contract upon award.

There are a range of external agencies available to offer support to you in completing a Community Benefit Proposal.

These include:

  • Supplier Development Service (e.g. CBSA)
  • Jobcentre Plus
  • Careers Wales
  • Further Education Colleges (e.g. Coleg Sir Gar)
  • Higher Education Universities (e.g. University of Wales, Trinity Saint David).

Page updated on: 26/07/2016

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