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the CAN DO toolkit

Community benefits in procurement

The Can Do Toolkit was originally produced for Social Landlords in Wales to ensure that investment programmes delivered wider community benefits, with a particular focus on targeted recruitment and training (TR&T) opportunities for disadvantaged communities. The drive for community benefit or ‘social value’ in procurement in the last decade has extended into other contract areas and other sectors.

Can Do Toolkit

i2i are in the process of updating the original Can Do Toolkit produced in 2008. Since then, the sector has had some exceptional people working on social benefit clauses in contracts. Their experiences have guided i2i in the review of what is working well and what can be enhanced.

The vast and growing experience of the housing sector together with recent policy developments – the McClelland Review, the Social Value Act and the draft EU procurement directives (December 2011) – reinforce the legitimacy of incorporating social value clauses into contracts. Indeed, given the current need to maximise jobs and training opportunities, it becomes imperative.

The refreshed guide will be directed at how to most effectively implement the community benefits process. As long as the benefits are clearly defined, appropriate and measurable, and the correct procedure followed, they can be made a core requirement in contracts. The revision of the European procurement directives states that ‘public procurement must, more than ever, ensure the optimal use of funds in order to foster growth and job creation….and encourage access to public procurement for SMEs’

Excerpts from the refreshed Toolkit can be downloaded by following the links below.