Shropshire launches Social Value Charter

13 March 2017 3:17pm

Shropshire Council and its partners on the Shropshire Social Value Group have today launched the Social Value Charter for Shropshire.

The Charter is a set of guiding principles and simple commitments that organisations operating in Shropshire are invited to adopt, whether they are public sector commissioners, service providers, voluntary, community & social enterprise organisations or businesses.

Organisations signing up to the Charter are making a commitment to:

  • Support the Shropshire economy
  • Promote wellbeing in Shropshire
  • Make Shropshire a great place to live

Organisations will be able to sign up to the Charter by completing a simple online registration process and show their customers, suppliers, commissioners and funders that they are supporting Social Value in Shropshire through displaying the Social Value Charter branding.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council Cabinet member responsible for Social Value, said:

“During a climate of cuts to local government funding, Social Value is a way of demonstrating that public money is being spent well and on the things that matter most to our communities. It requires organisations such as Shropshire Council, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Housing Associations to consider how they can maximise social, economic or environmental benefits through the way they buy services for Shropshire residents.

“We hope that organisations, large or small, operating in Shropshire will join us in seeing the benefits of signing up to the Charter to help us achieve our aim of improving the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of Shropshire.”

To date, the Social Value Group is comprised of representatives from Shropshire Council, Shropshire CCG, local Housing Associations, West Mercia Police & Crime Commissioner and NHS Midlands & Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit as well as voluntary sector and provider representation.

Michael Whitworth, Interim Director of Planning & Contracts for NHS Shropshire CCG said:

“The CCG has made a valuable contribution to this work and the charter will act as a toolkit to support commissioners, providers and procurers.

 “As a commissioner for local health services, we have a duty to ensure that the services we buy deliver excellent standards of care whilst also providing value for money and wider benefits to our communities’. We have also been working with colleagues in the NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit to embed the social value criteria into our tender processes.”

Andy Chandler, Service Director (Shropshire & Telford) for NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit said:

"The principles of social value are enshrined in our commissioning and procurement activities.  The Shropshire Social Value Charter reinforces our joint commitment to achieving improved social value for our patients and the wider Shropshire community."

Further details about the Social Value Charter is Shropshire can be found at