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Co-ops in social value procurement

The UK government is consulting on how it should take account of social value in the award of central government contracts, both directly and perhaps more importantly, down through supply chains. 

The government consultation asks for views on a new social value procurement model, which focuses on: giving 'voluntary community and social enterprise' (VCSE) more access to supply chains; creating work and skills opportunities for disadvantaged groups; worker health and wellbeing; environmental sustainability; safe and secure supply chains. 

The deadline for responding to government is 10 June 2019

Our response

You can read our final response here

  • Buyers must be helped to understand how different types of provider, such as co-ops, might be well-placed to deliver particular social value outcomes, such as decent work, or reduced inequalities in opportunity, influence and wealth 
  • A social value model based on broad categories like 'VCSE' needs to understand co-ops better and root out ‘sham’ VCSEs
  • The social value model should link different types of business ownership to particular social value outcomes
  • The social value model should drive public and private procurement that builds local wealth and creates opportunities for decent livelihoods in deprived places
  • Action should be taken to ensure co-operative and community benefit societies are not needlessly disadvantaged in tendering processes
  • Stop allowing businesses that pay their fair share of tax, and thus must bid at a socially responsible rate, to be disadvantaged in tendering