Salford CCG recognises the huge health, social and economic threats posed by the climate and ecological crisis that is upon us. Salford CCG is on a journey of adapting and challenging itself to find ways to make our business of commissioning health and care services more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable. Since we established as an organisation in 2013, we have always strived to consider our communities when making any decisions. However, the organisation is now at a point where it is recognises this isn’t enough and more needs to be done proactively and strategically if we are going to be the change that our society needs.
Our plan is to move towards a more holistic social value approach underpinned by a clearly defined work programme. As well as it being the right thing to do for our people, city and wider surroundings, we also recognise that any progress we make in benefitting society will ultimately bring us one step closer to reaching our long-term aims of; preventing ill health, reducing health inequalities, improving healthcare quality and improving health and wellbeing outcomes.
To support this Salford CCG has a Social Value Strategy and produce an annual Social Value Impact report.
The Public Services (Social Value) Act came into force on 31 January 2013. The Act describes the statutory duty that we, along with other public sector commissioners, have in achieving wider social, economic and environmental benefits for Salford an its population. We believe that that social value can be used to improve the lives of people across Salford:
- tackling the inequality and poverty in our City with a healthier, well connected and more resilient community
- a better physical environment, with reduced pollution, improving the wellbeing and quality of life for the population
- making best use of the public money we have to spend, with improved long term financial stability for the people and organisations within Salford
Social value in Salford
Salford City Council wants to continue making a difference for Salford and its people. It aims to achieve the most social, environmental and economic value when council funds are spent to make the city a better place in which to live and work.
In July 2019, Salford City Council declared a climate emergency. Friends of the Earth has named Salford the most sustainable council in the north west in 2019, while the Centre for Thriving Places named the council the greenest and most sustainable in England and Wales.
Salford Social Value Alliance is a partnership between the public sector, the private sector and the voluntary community and social enterprise sectors, aimed at producing more social value in Salford. The goal is to create a social movement that encourages Salford citizens and organisations to make a positive difference through their activities and business.
The Salford Social Value Alliance want to tackle the inequality and poverty in Salford and improve wellbeing and quality of life for the people who live here by maximising the local benefit from all money spent in Salford.
The 10% Better Campaign encourages organisations to pledge to use social value to make Salford 10% better doing what they can, however small, to tackle poverty and play their part in improving the following in Salford:
This could be by pledging:
- More volunteering
- More recycling
- More young people in employment
- More green travel
- More companies paying the Living Well Foundation Living Wage.
You can sign up to the 10% Better Campaign and make your pledge today.
Salford CCG is a real Living Wage employer.
The real Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. It is calculated by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence about living standards. It is based on detailed research of what households need in order to have a minimum acceptable standard of living. The real Living Wage is set annually by the Living Wage Foundation and is announced during Living Wage Week each November, for implementation within six months. The real Living Wage is distinct from the so-called ‘national living wage’ for all workers aged over 25, which was introduced by the Government in April 2016. Employers choose to pay the real Living Wage on a voluntary basis and can become accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.
Greater Manchester is taking action on climate change with the five year environment plan, launched at in March 2019 during the second Greater Manchester Green Summit. The plan sets out our long-term environmental vision – to be carbon neutral by 2038 – and the urgent actions we all need to take in the next five years to help achieve this.
Every organisation in the region is encouraged to sign up to the Greater Manchester Social Value Framework 2020 to use social value to make Greater Manchester a better place.
In order to help to tackle fuel poverty the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has secured £10.3 million of funding to run the Green Home Grant Local Authority Delivery Scheme. Applications are open until 30th September 2021.