Achieving community benefits

Councils can use procurement to achieve wider financial and non-financial outcomes, including improving wellbeing of individuals and communities, social value and improved environment.

TOMs: measuring social value in local government procurement

We have partnered with the Social Value Portal to develop a set of Themes, Outcomes and Measures (TOMs) to help councils to measure the value they are achieving through implementing the Social Value Act. 

Download TOMs

 TOMs Guidance 2019

The National TOMs - Engaging with stakeholders

National TOMs Calculator 

Our short films below sets out how your council can use these TOMs and highlights a number of useful case studies. 

Other resources

Read NCVO's top tips on Commissioning for social value - National Council for Volunteering Organisations website.

FMB provide some insights and recommendations on ensuring procurement processes are SME friendly in their report  

Read about Government's commitment to helping small businesses to grow - 

If you are interested in doing business with councils here are some helpful tips.

Specimen contract clause on payment terms

In the event that the Supplier, in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, enters into a supply contract or a sub-contract in connection with this Agreement, the Supplier shall ensure that a term is included in the supply contract or sub-contract which requires the Supplier to pay all sums due there under to the sub-contractor within a specified period, not to exceed thirty (30) days, from the date of receipt of a valid invoice as defined by the terms of the supply contract or sub-contract (as appropriate).

Social Value in Public Procurement

The Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise and Governance is looking for pathfinder councils to input into a study on measuring social value in public sector projects, they propose an easy to use, blended solution for evaluation of social value.

Commissioning for Social Value is a free website created by Social Value UK and is a free of charge database where you can upload case studies explaining how social value has been increased through successful commissioning.

Please do help others to learn by sharing your own case studies and other resources.  They can be uploaded by you or Social Value UK will do it for you if you email

If you're interested on wider work on social value, take a look at the Social Value UK website where you can find out more about Social Value Principles or other research information on their crowd sourced database the Global Value Exchange.

New Procurement Rules for VCSE and SME's

AGMA have kindly agreed to share their slides from a training event for VCSE's on the new EU Procurement Directives:

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