When a contract is awarded by the Council to a business, there is an expectation that the contractor will agree to provide additional benefits for local schools, residents, and/or community groups. This is referred to as ‘added value’, and it is about achieving more from public spending to benefit the local community.
Community benefits can provide employers with links with schools, work experience opportunities, training opportunities, Apprenticeships, and jobs, in order to aid contractors in providing their added value. Community Benefits can also provide environmental benefits by securing materials or equipment for community projects or other innovative opportunities designed to benefit the residents of East Lothian.
Community Benefit opportunities can be found on Marketplace, the Guarantee, and the Work it databases. Negotiated opportunities are sent to schools, partners, and community groups.
If you require support in regards to Community Benefits, please get in touch with East Lothian Works, stating that you are looking for the Community Benefits Co-ordinator, and we will be happy to help.