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Mayor launches ‘Buy Social’ ToolKit

12 June 2015

photo from the event
Pictured at the launch:  Policy & Governance Vice-Chair, Cllr Pamela Barr; Antrim & Newtownabbey Council Chief Executive, Jacqui Dixon; Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Cllr Thomas Hogg; Mary McKee, Strategic Advisor (Social Regeneration) Strategic Investment Board;  Policy & Governance Chair, Cllr David Arthurs. 


The Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Thomas Hogg, today joined Mary McKee from Strategic Investment Board to launch the Council’s introduction of the ‘Buy Social’ Toolkit. 

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is the first of the eleven new Councils to commit to the toolkit, which has been developed by Strategic Investment Board as a practical guide on integrating social considerations into public contracts. It aims to provide organisations with procurement responsibilities with assistance on how they can help generate benefits to society and the local economy through their contracts.

Speaking at the launch the Mayor said;

"I welcome the Council’s introduction of the ‘Buy Social’ toolkit and am delighted that we have decided to support this initiative and include social clauses into contracts when possible.  This will help us as an organisation deliver real benefits to our local community and help us achieve both value for money and social benefits through early and effective inclusion of social considerations in project development.  This will encourage jobs and investment and make this Borough a more prosperous place.

Where applicable, the inclusion of social clauses in contracts requires us as purchasers and all of our suppliers, to protect the vulnerable, support the disadvantaged, develop the social economy, protect the environment and benefit the local community.”

Mary McKee, Strategic Advisor (Social Regeneration), for Strategic Investment Board added;

“Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council is the first Council to commit to Buy Social and we hope they lead the way for other Council’s to come on board.”