Social Value Act

WHAT IS THE SOCIAL VALUE ACT?

The Social Value Act has the potential to transform the way public services are commissioned, requiring public bodies to consider choosing providers based on the social value created in an area and not on cost alone. 

All public bodies in England and Wales, including local authorities, are required to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area.

SOCIAL VALUE ACADEMY

The second Social Value Academy will take place on 18 October 2016 in Birmingham. This is an intensive one day training masterclass in social value for those working in commissioning, procurement, and as providers of goods and services across the private, public and social sectors.

It will be delivered by Nick Temple, Deputy CEO, Social Enterprise UK and Jeremy Nicholls, CEO, Social Value UK, alongside expert colleagues. Book now.

GUIDANCE ON IMPLEMENTING THE ACT  

Mythbusting guide for social enterprises and public bodies 

Helps address common misperceptions about public sector procurement rules, practices and processes that sometimes stand in the way of social value.  

A guide to the Social Value Act - a practical guide for commissioners 

Explains the benefits of the Act, and offers practical support on how to embed social value in commissioning and procurement from legal experts who advised government on the Act.

Communities Count Toolkit

Gives practical advice on how to put social practice at the heart of affordable housing procurement. For local authorities and housing associations.

RESEARCH REPORTS

Procuring for Good - How the Social Value Act is being used by local authorities

Published by Social Enterprise UK, this report paints the most comprehensive picture yet about how councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act.

Communities Count - the Four Steps to Unlocking Social Value

A report based on research with housing associations and local authorities. Includes practical recommendations for organisations in all sectors.

The Landmarc Difference

This report from Landmarc demonstrates how businesses can respond to the social value agenda (and the Social Value Act) by not only thinking about the way they operate and how they work with the communities around them, but also how they report this in a transparent framework that helps measure both impact and progress.

SOCIAL VALUE SUMMIT + SOCIAL VALUE AWARDS

One of SEUK’s flagship events is the Social Value Summit which we have been running in partnership with Interserve since 2014. The Summit brings together organisations at the frontline of social value and is a chance to hear from experts from across the social, public and private sectors; network and learn examples of best practice.

With the Social Value Act gaining maturity the Summit is an opportunity to analyse the progress made in implementing and promoting social value, as well as addressing the challenges ahead.  

The first ever Social Value Awards, organised by the Cabinet Office, were held at the Social Value Summit in February 2016.

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Social Value Summit 2016

SOCIAL VALUE HUB

The Social Value Hub has been created to help councils, public sector commissioners and providers from across the social and private sectors take advantage of the Social Value Act to deliver improved public services and cost-savings.

The website aggregates information and best-practice with practical 'how-to' articles, case studies and videos. Resources are free to use and download.

BESPOKE SUPPORT

The team at SEUK are experts in social value. As well as winning a Third Sector Excellence Award for our social value campaign, we have provided advice on the implementation of the Act to a wide range of public bodies, private sector companies and social enterprises including:

  • The Department for Health
  • Legal and General
  • CIPFA
  • BDO
  • Chester West and Chester Local Authority

Our team can provide tailored, practical support to you including:

  • Training sessions and days
  • Action-learning sets
  • Long-term implementation programmes
  • Impact measurement and communications advice
  • Bid-writing support
  • Expert speakers for your events

Charlie Business Development

For more information about the services we provide, please contact Charlie Wigglesworth in our business team on 020 3589 4952 / charlie.wigglesworth@socialenterprise.org.uk