Published: 9th Oct 2019

Plymouth Council has launched a new social value policy that says every pound the authority spends should be spent locally. The council spends over £200m each year on products and services, which they think can be better used to help SMEs in Plymouth and boost the local economy. The council will consider if the company involved pays their staff the Living Wage Foundation hourly rate of £9 per hour, employs a specified number of apprentices or takes certain actions to minimise environmental damage. The criteria also consider jobs and training and how the company looks after the mental and physical wellbeing of their staff. Cllr Chris Penberthy, cabinet member for Housing and Cooperative Development, presented the policy to his colleagues on Tuesday. He said: ‘I’m really pleased to have finalised this policy and to have social value officially stamped into the culture of the council. ‘Times are tight, we all … (To read the full article, subscribe below)