A new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation says it can and calls on all public sector bodies in the UK to use every £1m-worth of contract value that they spend to create a year’s work for a young from a target disadvantaged community.
A nation-wide pledge to do this would, the report says, have a substantial impact on poverty and unemployment in the most deprived communities and groups.
The £193m Library of Birmingham contract is one of the case studies in the report. This contract — an example of ‘social value’ commissioning that significantly predates the present legislation — created 306 jobs, including 82 apprenticeships, and 54% of these opportunities went to Birmingham residents in priority areas of the city.
There is also an accompanying legal guide which Anthony Collins partner Mark Cook says is a stand-alone document but can also be viewed as a legal appendix to the JRF report. Social Value & Public Procurement: A Legal Guide can be downloaded from the Anthony Collins website.
Regional launches of the JRF report are also planned and there will be an event in Birmingham on the 23rd June 2014 — more news on that as and when we receive it.