Creating Social Value in Bristol

Closed 8 Jan 2016

Opened 12 Oct 2015

Feedback expected 3 Mar 2016

Results Updated 22 Mar 2016

The Social Value Policy was approved by Cabinet on the 1st of March 2016. The Cabinet papers and revised Policy and Toolkit are available here:


A summary of the consultation feedback is also included in this paperwork.


We will make a final version of the Policy available as soon as possible.


Social value is about maximising the impact of public expenditure to get the best possible outcomes, and recognising that local people are central to determining how these can be achieved, and what it is that makes Bristol a successful city. The Policy outlines the Council’s intended approach to creating social value and how we seek to maximise this in our expenditure in order to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area. The accompanying draft Toolkit is more detailed and will support council officers, particularly commissioners and procurement officers as well as potential provider organisations in any sector.


You can also let us know your views at one of our consultation events:

Tuesday 24th November – OpenSpace,  9:30 – 12:00  Book HERE

Monday 7th December – Vassall Centre, 2:00 - 4:30 Book HERE

Wednesday 9th December – The Create Centre, 18:30 - 20:30 Book HERE

These events are for interested stakeholders from any sector and will provide an opportunity to hear about the policy and help shape its development.


The events are not intended for Bristol City Council Commissioners or Procurement Officers.

Why We Are Consulting

Bristol City Council is aiming to be one of the most successful and innovative authorities for achieving social value. Before finalising these documents we want you to tell us what you think of our approach so that we can use these views to help shape the policy and toolkit, and help us achieve this aim.

What Happens Next

The response to the consultation will be considered by the Social Value Working Group and the Policy and Toolkit will be modified as a result. The Policy and Toolkit will then be considered by Cabinet on 1 March 2016. We will give feedback on 3 March 2016 following the Cabinet meeting.


  • Ashley
  • Bedminster
  • Bishopsworth
  • Brislington East
  • Brislington West
  • Clifton
  • Cotham
  • Easton
  • Eastville
  • Filwood
  • Frome Vale
  • Hillfields
  • Horfield
  • Knowle
  • Lawrence Hill
  • Lockleaze
  • Redland
  • Southmead
  • Southville
  • St George West
  • Stockwood
  • Stoke Bishop
  • Windmill Hill


  • All residents
  • Business
  • Community & Voluntary organisations


  • Children and young people
  • Councils Governance arrangements
  • Electors
  • Faith and religion
  • Gender issues
  • Older people's issues
  • Race issues
  • Voluntary sector
  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Sexuality issues
  • Democracy and participation
  • Spending
  • Citizens satisfaction
  • Environment
  • Planning
  • Regeneration
  • Traffic and transportation
  • Carers support
  • Disability
  • Mental health
  • Social services and social care
  • Homelessness
  • Housing
  • Arts and culture
  • Libraries
  • Parks and green spaces
  • Sport and leisure
  • Crime and community safety
  • Environmental health
  • Fire and emergency planning
  • Technology