Social Value involves looking beyond making decisions based on financial cost and instead at the wider benefit to a community.
Salford City Council wants to continue making a difference for Salford and its people. It aims to achieve the most social, environmental and economic value when council funds are spent to make the city a better place in which to live and work. This could mean for example, making sure that local people get jobs when money is spent on new building schemes, or bringing businesses to the city and making sure that those companies reinvest some of their profits back in other services in the community.
The council’s commitment to social value was acknowledged at the Social Enterprise Awards 2016 when it won the ‘Buy Social - Market Builder' award category. This was for its support of and for social enterprise in Salford, by endeavouring to create more opportunities to buy from social enterprises and businesses in Salford, via our council-wide social value approach.
Salford City Council’s Social Value and Sustainability policy
The council’s policy aims to ensure a ‘social return’ from its investment by securing social value from:
Salford City Council aims to continue securing better outcomes via:
You can download the full Social Value and Sustainability Policy as well as a summary of it at the bottom of this page.
Using Social Value to make Salford 10% better
Salford City Council’s Policy aims to use social value to make the most difference in Salford and make the city 10% better across a variety of social, environmental and economic priority areas.
For people: building community spirit (increased community strength and resilience)
For the planet: improve environmental sustainability (improved impact of the local environment on people’s wellbeing)
For prosperity: increase local economic benefit (increased number of quality employment opportunities and reduced poverty for local citizens)
What can you do?
Pledge what you can to make Salford 10% better. It doesn’t sound much, but if all businesses, schools, hospitals, councils, community groups etc, committed to do just one thing, then together we can make a real difference.
Everyone can make a difference in many different ways - from improving their wellbeing (or help someone else to); recycle more, volunteer, use public transport, the park, footpaths and enjoy Salford’s open spaces.
If everyone does a little bit towards Social Value then together we can make a big impact!
How can partners get involved?
Salford City Council also wants its partners to make a difference. Here’s how:
Salford as a Social Value City
To make Salford a Social Value City, Salford City Council and its partners aim to maximise the benefit from all money invested in Salford. Achieving this involves commitment from the many private sector businesses and the wide variety of service providers in the city. This means embedding a social value approach into every organisation no matter what its size or sector. Social Value looks beyond price alone to the collective benefit of a community and the wider world. It includes positives such as happiness, wellbeing, inclusion, equality, employment and environment.
Salford Social Value Alliance
The council is a member of the Salford Social Value Alliance which is a partnership of the public sector, private sector and the voluntary community and social enterprise sectors. It was formed to make Salford a better place and the city is already leading the way in building Social Value.
For more information about Social Value in Salford, visit:
Chris Howl, Policy and Equality Officer firstname.lastname@example.org
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This page was last updated on 8 March 2022