Social Value - Changes in Commissioning Next Generation Contracts


Event summary

This Special Event from the CIPFA Procurement & Commissioning Network will bring practitioners up to date with proposals to strengthen social value and make it an explicit requirement in future commissioning. Despite the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 now being in force for several years, it is still suggested by various reports that it is not well understood by either the public sector or those suppliers designing and delivering services. It is suggested that express requirements to evaluate social value when awarding contracts, will ensure that contracts are awarded on the basis of more than just value for money – but an organisation’s values too, so that their actions in society are rightly recognised and rewarded and encourage more charities, mutuals, cooperatives and social enterprises to apply for and win public sector contracts.


18 June 2019
Starts: 10:00
Ends: 15:30


Novotel Leeds Hotel
4 Whitehall Quay
West Yorkshire
[See map]

Standard price

£225.00 excl VAT

Network Member Price

£125.00 excl VAT

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About this event

David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has announced plans to amend the Social Value Act. It includes a requirement to ensure that all government departments explicitly evaluate social value when commissioning services. 

Other measures include helping access for businesses owned by under-represented groups, increased representation of disabled people in the workforce, reduced environmental impact, pilots before major outsourcing and drafting a ‘living will’, to deal with potential contractors failure.

Who should attend?

This event will be of interest to everyone involved in procuring or commissioning on behalf of the organisation (procurement, commissioners, contract managers, legal, estates and catering managers). It will also be useful to audit, HR, strategy and policy managers who will need a practical understand of the way social value will be delivered in the future.

How will you benefit from attending?

  • Update on legislative changes expected to promote social value for future contracts
  • How to achieve positive social and environmental returns from your contracts 
  • How to promote cultural change within procurement and commissioning teams
  • Understand requirements to explicitly evaluate social value when tendering contracts
  • Tips on levelling the playing field for charities, social enterprises and other civil society organisations.

CPD hours

Four and a half. 


  • Accounting
  • / Audit
  • / Capital finance
  • / Central government
  • / Childrens services
  • / Education finance and academies
  • / Efficiency
  • / Ethics
  • / Financial management
  • / Financial reporting
  • / Governance
  • / Health and social care
  • / Housing
  • / Internal audit
  • / IT
  • / Leadership
  • / Local government
  • / Performance improvement and policy
  • / Police
  • / Professional development
  • / Property
  • / Risk management
  • / Shared services
  • / Sustainability
  • / Transport
  • / Treasury management
  • / Value for money

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Speaker - Judith Barnes, Partner, Bevan Brittan

Judith Barnes

Judith is an experienced public sector lawyer and manager who provides strategic advice and consultancy support for local authorities and other public sector bodies as well as legal advice and assistance, usually at the highest levels, requiring political awareness and sensitivity.

She is a team player and worked in-house for over 15 years before joining the private sector. Her last role in local government was as Borough Secretary and Solicitor for Greenwich Council managing a team of 150 staff across a dozen functions including contracts standards and monitoring, equalities, community safety and emergency planning, democratic services, elections and legal. Before that Judith was Head of Legal services for Lewisham Council and prior to that was assistant head of legal and principal economic development solicitor for Kirklees Council, where she was involved in innovative projects including Kirklees Stadium, Kirklees Henry Boot Partnership, Kirklees Community Association and Kirklees Theatre.

Speaker - Easton Bilsborough

Easton Bilsborough

Easton is a Technical Manager at CIPFA and Secretary to the Charities SORP Committee, an advisory body to the joint SORP-making body. He is responsible for key aspects of the Institute's technical work on charity accounting and related sectors. Easton also works alongside colleagues to support the maintenance and development of the Code of Practice on Local Authority Accounting in the United Kingdom (the Code) on behalf of CIPFA/LASAAC. Most recently, he supported CIPFA’s impact assessment exercise undertaken to assess matters arising from the adoption of IFRS 16 by local authorities.