Has the Penny dropped on Social Value?April 1, 2018
What’s all the fuss about social value? Isn’t it just a few more tick boxes in our evaluation model which we have used for years? It’s not really going to make any difference to our inherent bias to select on lowest price. It only covers services and not products or works. After all, attaining social value just requires an indication of some non price benefits and is a sop to the Third Sector to try to award more contracts to them. There’s no need to think it through, review or change what we do. Or is it? We believe that much tender evaluation is myopic in its approach and the Public Services (Social Value) Act and Remedies Directives will be the catalyst for change. So what is social value?