Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

The three YOR frameworks offer contractually embedded added value measures aiding compliance with the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 with the aim of delivering employment and skills opportunities, funding to support local social and economic regeneration, supply chain opportunities and carbon and site waste reduction.

Employment and Skills Opportunities

All of the YOR frameworks have an employment and skills output plan. Benchmarks for Employment and Skills outputs for typical projects in each lot/value band are introduced at the tender stage. At project specification stage the benchmarks are adjusted to meet the client’s priorities, the type of work, duration, location and time of year etc. YORconsult also overcomes some of the potential barriers to achieving outputs by having annual targets as well as project specific targets.

YORhub results to May 2016:

1330

people progressed into employment

3330

CSCS cards issued

1330

NVQs completed

2430

health and safety tests

20540

pupils involved in site visits and workshops

1010

work experience placement weeks provided

10375

apprenticeship weeks created

 

Funding to support local social and economic regeneration

As part of the integrated management strategy of the YOR frameworks, YORhub aims to support economic regeneration across the Yorkshire and Humber region. In order to achieve this aim YORhub has its own 4 Good Fund, made up from contributions, either in cash or benefit in kind, from the frameworks’ contractors and consultants.

The 4 Good Fund contributes to YORhub’s Economic Regeneration aim through the provision of small grants, supporting local regeneration projects across the Yorkshire and Humber Region. Grants of up to £10,000 can be provided per project.

To date, in their initial 2 bid rounds, the 4 Good Fund has backed 32 community projects across the Yorkshire and Humber region:

2013

Case fit and kit, Case Training Services Ltd
Patchwork, Shores Homecare, Withernsea
Removing Barriers, Walton Community Library
Renovation of Oakhill Brick Ponds, Oakhill Country Park, Goole
Sunflower Activity Centre, Central Children’s Section, North East Lincolnshire
Teen Tech Humber STEM Promotion
Men in Sheds, Groundworks, Leeds

2014

4 SLC, Community Swimming Pool Restoration, Sheffield
A1 Community Works, Make it happen for ME, Richmondshire
Alwoodley Primary School, Outdoor Classroom with pond, Leeds
Brathay Trust, Hillsborough Volunteers, Sheffield
Confianza, Confianza, Bradford
Driffield Methodist Church, School Room Refurbishment, Driffield, East Riding
East Riding Theatre, accessibility works, Beverley, East Riding
Edlington Community Organisation, Community Engagement and Support, Doncaster
Friends of Dean Road, Gone but not Forgotten, Scarborough
G4C, Rotherham
Gallows Centre, Gallows Close Centre, Scarborough
Ground Work, Knottingley Canal Side, Wakefield
Home-Start Sheffield, Transition to Safe Independence, Sheffield
Howden Bowls Club, bowling green accessibility works, East Riding
Hull Rape Crisis & Sexual Abuse Service, Hull
Leyburn Arts Centre, Old School House, Richmondshire
Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (NEET), The Potting Shed, Bradford
Tassibee, Tassibee Comfort Garden, Rotherham
The Friendly Information Company Ltd , Opportunity Delivered, Rotherham
The High Street Centre Ltd, The High Street Centre Ltd, Rotherham
The Umeed Learning, Umeed Learning, Rotherham
United Multicultural Centre, United Multicultural Centre, Rotherham
Whirlow Hall Farm, Goat Mountain, Sheffield
Yorkshire Main Community Centre, Pop-up Internet Café – ‘Brew & Browse’, Doncaster
Youth for Christ, Helping Young People Project, Calderdale

 

Supply chain opportunities

The SCEP has been created primarily to provide local construction related companies with access to business and training opportunities and build links between the YORhub Operations Team, YORhub framework contractors, sub-contractors, materials suppliers and consultants. Membership is for all trades and associated service providers to the construction industry.

The SCEP provides members with access to the YORbuild and YORcivil demand pipeline and sub-contract packages of work, enabling members to tender for work. Subcontractors in the SCEP have access to detailed information on upcoming YORbuild and YORcivil projects and opportunities 24/7 which are posted on the YORhub Members’ site by the YORbuild and YORcivil framework’s main contractors. The SCEP also hosts ‘Meet the Buyer’ events as specific project opportunities arise.

SCEP Benefits for Members:

  • notification of new YORbuild projects and latest pipeline opportunities on members’ site available 24/7
  • exclusive project briefings and Meet The Buyer events
  • breakdown of works packages
  • online networking with main contractor buyers
  • raising company’s regional profile

 

Carbon and waste reduction

One of the four YORhub strategy themes focuses on the frameworks’ commitment to reduce site waste and carbon. YORbuild and YORcivil have signed up to the Halving Waste to Landfill commitment led by WRAP, as have many of the contractors on the frameworks. As part of the ongoing monitoring of the contractor’s performance the key performance indicators include two environmental criteria:

  • The waste arising sent to landfill, with information gathered by the YORhub management team from the WRAP portal
  • A satisfaction score based upon the contractors attempts to minimise the environmental impact of the project.

YORbuild and YORcivil projects waste to landfill sample data (to December 2014):

Waste arising per £100k (tonnes)

451.25

Waste to landfill per £100k (tonnes)

12.4

% diverted from landfill

97.25

Sample size (number of schemes)

188

Sample value

£164,408,566.03

 

Visit the Social Value Act: information and resources page for further guidance.

Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012