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What are Social Benefits?

West Dunbartonshire Council is committed to working with our local community and businesses to maximise local social value from our procurement activity. This will be achieved through the inclusion of specific clauses within procurement contracts known as Social Benefit clauses.

Social Benefit clauses are requirements which deliver wider benefits to our local community in addition to the core purpose of a contract.  These clauses can be used to build a range of economic, social or environmental benefits into the delivery of Council contracts through a range of options which may include, but are not limited to:

  • Targeted employment opportunities;
  • Work experience or training opportunities;
  • Apprenticeship opportunities;
  • Education engagement and curriculum support activities;
  • Support for community and environment projects through donation of money, labour, equipment or materials; and
  • Other initiatives to support and develop businesses, the third sector and the voluntary sector.

How can suppliers see the Local Social Benefit Wish List they can support?

The Council issues a Social Benefits questionnaire with every tender it publishes and specifies the minimum number of Social Benefit points that the successful tenderer must deliver as part of the contract. The questionnaire contains a range of different Social Benefit options that the tenderers can select to achieve the required number of points. If, as part of this process, the successful tenderer has selected options to provide support to local businesses, third sector, voluntary sector, community organisations or charities, the wish list will be shared with them at the contract implementation stage and appropriate requests will be considered and selected to be delivered.

How can I request that something is added to the Local Social Benefit Wish List?

Local businesses, the third sector, the voluntary sector, community groups, education establishments or charitable organisations can submit a request for specific help via our Local Social Benefits Wish List form and provide details of any requirements and timescales.  This can include requests for training, sponsorship, donations of material or labour, work experience or any community related help. Please note that there are no guarantees that requests will be fulfilled.

How can I find out about Local Social Benefits jobs or Modern Apprentice opportunities?

All vacancies offered through Local Social Benefits within contracts will be managed by our Working4U team, if you would like to find out about opportunities available please contact us on social.benefits@west-dunbarton.gov.uk.

How can I see what Local Social Benefits have already been delivered?

You can see examples of what our local communities in West Dunbartonshire have already benefited from through our Local Social Benefits Good News Stories page.

How will the delivery of Local Social Benefits be managed?

The delivery of Local Social Benefits will be managed at regular contract monitoring meetings between suppliers and the Council’s contract owner.

The Council also hold regular Local Social Benefit steering group meetings.

If you have any further enquiries relating to Local Social Benefits then please email social.benefits@west-dunbarton.gov.uk.