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.


Mythbusting guide for social enterprises and public bodiesHelps 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 commissionersExplains 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 ToolkitGives practical advice on how to put social practice at the heart of affordable housing procurement. For local authorities and housing associations.


Procuring for Good - How the Social Value Act is being used by local authorities. 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 ValueA report based on research with housing associations and local authorities. Includes practical recommendations for organisations in all sectors.

The Landmarc DifferenceThis report demonstrates how private 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.


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.


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
  • 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

For more information about the services we provide, please contact Charlie Wigglesworth in our business team on 020 3589 4952 /


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.