Achieving Community Benefits Through Contracts: Law, Policy and Practice
To make employment and training or other community benefits key outcomes of a public expenditure programme, they need to be incorporated into the specification of what is being purchased or funded. The legislative and the policy frameworks for doing this are complex and there has been a lack of detailed guidance, especially in relation to UK policy and legislation, the European Treaty and EC Procurement Directives. In this report the understanding of procurement issues has been furthered by discussions with the Treasury and the Office of Government Commerce. It provides, for the first time, clear guidance on these matters. Specifically, it:·[vbTab]details the relevant policy and legal frameworks;·[vbTab]sets out procedures that can be used;·[vbTab]suggests support that needs to be provided;·[vbTab]gives examples of good practice.
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Specific UK requirements for local authorities and other bodies that are public funded 15
Including community benefit clauses in other agreements 28
Key points 42
actions assessment award criteria Beentjes Best Value bodies governed Chapter community benefit clauses community benefit requirements community strategy construction contract conditions contract or agreement contracting authority contractor core purpose core requirement delivery disadvantage discriminatory documents DTLR EC procurement EC treaties economically advantageous employers employment and training ensure environmental considerations evaluation example GLLaB governed by public guidance HM Treasury implement include community benefits indirect discrimination interpretative communications issues Joseph Rowntree Foundation labour market legal and policy legal framework Macfarlane maximise neighbourhood renewal Nottingham City Council objectives OJEC Notice organisations outcomes partnering agreement planning agreements procedure procurement contract procurement directives procurement process public bodies public expenditure public procurement purchaser Race Relations Amendment recruitment regeneration relevant RSLs Scotland Scottish Executive Scottish Parliament social and environmental social clauses social considerations social exclusion specification tenderers undertake value for money voluntary commitment