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(Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) Social value in government procurement

09 April 2019

The UK government is consulting on how they should take account of social value in the award of central government contracts.

Procuring authorities would determine whether they use any of the proposed themes or policy outcomes, and these include proposals on disability, gender pay balance and mental health and wellbeing, amongst others.

It is also proposed that there would be a minimum 10% weighting for evaluating social value in bids.

The requirements proposed will apply to all Central Government Departments, their executive agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies when undertaking procurements, and the BPS is looking to make a strong response to this consultation, as determined/informed by the contributions of our members.

Getting Involved

Send your comments to [email protected] using the form below.

The deadline for responses is Thursday the 30th of May.

Please note:

  • The Society will only produce ONE response to any consultation.
  • Any response that goes under the Society logo MUST be signed off by the relevant Board Chair and Branch Chair in the case of Devolved Nations.
  • Responses on behalf of particular Divisions / Faculties /Member Networks are not permitted under any circumstances.
  • Please do refer to the British Psychological Society Consultation Processes document which is attached before writing and sending any comments
  • Please ensure that all comments are based on Published Evidence and not solely on Clinical opinion


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