The government is due to publish a new Social Value Framework to provide more consistency across government contracts, Facilitate has learned.
The Cabinet Office confirmed that the announcement would be made today.
The package of measures is likely to include a new social value model for government procurement. There is likely to be an expectation of weighting appropriate to the needs of the contract, for 10 per cent of the whole value of the contract.
The framework will be applied on a contract by contract basis and is due to be fixed on measures focused on carbon reduction, modern slavery issues and ex-offenders.
The announcement is the response which was expected last year to the consultation the government had conducted earlier in 2019 but had been delayed due to various reasons including the outbreak of Covid-19.
Matthew Fell, CBI chief UK policy director, told Facilitate: “So many companies are already delivering substantial social value across a variety of sectors, from facilities management to manufacturing and lT services, and they will welcome the launch of a new Social Value Framework to help drive greater consistency across government contracts.
“Greater clarity will help commissioners and suppliers sing from the same hymn sheet, resulting in more opportunities to deliver social impact for the public.
“The Framework must be underpinned by effective training and support for public bodies to put the new model into practice.”