Building back fairer: the role of social value

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Manchester City Council and the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) invite you to join us for our annual event exploring the role of social value. The day is free to attend and is being held primarily in person at The Yard, just outside Manchester city centre, with some sessions live-streamed.

The health and economic impacts of Covid-19 have hit some Manchester residents and neighbourhoods more than others, including residents over the age of 50, young people, disabled residents and our BAME and low-income communities. Sir Michael Marmot’s report on the effect of Covid-19 on health inequalities in Greater Manchester highlights the extent of these inequalities and how we can address them. Manchester City Council and our partners are responding to those recommendations, including through the creation of social value delivered through our commissioning, procurement and spend.

This year’s conference will be an opportunity to look in-depth at some of the key issues facing Manchester residents and businesses, as the city’s economy recovers from Covid-19. We will have the opportunity to learn from best practice and renew commitment across the City Council, our supply chain and partners to maximise the impact of social value in addressing inequalities in our city.

The conference will bring together a wide range of organisations – suppliers (large and small), commissioners, voluntary and community sector organisations, “anchor institutions” and business groups – with the aim of sharing and learning from each other.

The event will be chaired by Carol Culley, Deputy Chief Executive and City Treasurer, Manchester City Council, and the sessions will include:

  • A keynote from the new Leader of Manchester City Council, Cllr Bev Craig on her ambitions for the city’s future and the role that social value can play in building back fairer.
  • A panel discussion around social value activities undertaken by Manchester City Council and their partners.
  • A choice of workshops on social value in practice, covering the Living Wage, VCSE organisations within BAME communities, digital exclusion and children.
  • A case study from north Manchester showing how targeted social value interventions can address persistent inequalities.

Delegates will receive a copy of the final agenda and instructions on how to access the venue around a week before the event. Should you have any questions regarding this event, please contact David Burch at CLES: davidburch@cles.org.uk.

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