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Analysis of the impact and value of community benefit clauses in procurement

Analysis of the impact and value of community benefit clauses in procurement

Friday, June 26, 2015

ISBN: 9781785444777

This research draws on data from a large scale e-survey of public organisations and in-depth analysis of 24 individual contracts.

Executive Summary

Community Benefit (CB) clauses have been a key strand of procurement policy and practice in Scotland since 20081. The Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 gives the expectation that CB clauses will be used wherever there is an appropriate legal basis. Where a procuring organisation is to let a contract valued at £4 million or above, it must consider during the design of the tender whether to impose CB requirements. This should lead to greater use of CB clauses going forward.