Nearly 60% of spending by Salford City Council is now going to local suppliers – and that’s up three per cent on last year.
Three times as many council suppliers are now paying the real Living Wage boosting income for their employees and the council itself has taken on eight more young people as apprentices with another 55 people expected to start apprenticeships later this year.
It’s all part of City Mayor Paul Dennett’s ambition to create an ‘inclusive economy’ – one in which as much public spending as possible benefits local people.
Last year Salford City Council became one of the first councils in the country to publish a social impact report showing how its spending was keeping more money in Salford and creating jobs and training opportunities for local people.
It is also supporting a campaign by the Salford Social Value Alliance asking businesses, social enterprises, voluntary and community groups to help make the city 10% Better by pledging to make small improvements in areas such as recycling more, increasing volunteering or supporting local enterprise.
Now the council has published its second report Social Impact: One Year On which shows that good progress towards its ambition.
City Mayor Paul Dennett said: “Salford is the fastest growing economy in Greater Manchester and I want to make sure this truly benefits local people. There are many things the council cannot influence when it comes to economic growth but where we can act we are doing and we are determined to make a difference.
“Over £96 million of council spending is now with Salford based suppliers and 18 of our suppliers are now paying the ‘real’ Living Wage, i.e. the one set by the Living Wage Foundation. That’s a 200% increase on 2017.
“As we’ve heard from our own employees when we became the first council in Greater Manchester to pay the real Living Wage, doing that makes a genuine difference to people’s spending power and puts more money into our local economy. And with 62% of our staff living in Salford that’s a further boost.
“We’re embedding social value – the idea that every pound spent benefits Salford people or the environment, into all our procurement contracts. That means we’re making sure suppliers provide training opportunities, work experience and jobs for local people and that they buy local as far as possible.”
Mayor Dennett added: “If everyone contributes a little towards social value, then together we can make a huge impact for the benefit of Salford people.”
The report is available on our social value page.