Social Value Guidance - CIVEA partners with YPO

Social Value Guidance - CIVEA partners with YPO.

The Civil Enforcement Association (CIVEA) has partnered with YPO - a leading public sector procurement organisation - to assist local authorities that prepare tender documents for enforcement services. CIVEA has worked with YPO to provide a definition and examples of social value, which local authorities can use in their invitations to tender.

  • Some examples of social value that CIVEA members provide through councils are:
  • Sponsoring debt advisers working in council offices
  • Providing support for Residents Associations, Parish Councils and Voluntary Sector groups
  • Providing CV clinics and mock interview events for local jobseekers
  • Upskilling staff in the supply chain
  • Helping with community clear up days
  • Reducing deliveries and vehicle movement with smart mapping
  • Converting to electric vehicles for field agents

Russell Hamblin-Boone, chief executive of CIVEA, said: “Our members provide so much more than enforcement services to local authorities. A contract will usually include additional social value that supports the community either through environmental, social or governance benefits. The new guidance on social value designed in partnership with YPO will help procurement teams to design effective tenders and get high quality support from my members.”



CIVEA is the principal trade association representing civil enforcement agencies employing around 2000 certificated enforcement agents that operate in England and Wales. CIVEA represents 40 companies that make up over 90% of the entire enforcement industry.

CIVEA’s members work to enforce civil debt on behalf of local authorities and Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) including council tax, business rates, parking fines, magistrates’ court fines, employment tribunal awards, child support payments, B2B and commercial rent arrears. This amounts to over £500 million (half a billion) of unpaid taxes and fines recovered each year at no cost to the public bodies themselves. Each year CIVEA members receive over 3.5 million warrants and court orders.

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