SEUK's response to the imminent review of the Social Value Act


At the Social Value Summit, Minister for Civil Society Rob Wilson MP announced that there will be an upcoming review of the Social Value Act.

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK said:

“We welcome the Minister’s announcement of an imminent review of the Social Value Act, which has enabled much of the public sector to improve commissioning and procurement practice and outcomes despite its limitations. We are confident that a stronger Social Value Act could contribute greatly to the Prime Minister’s aim of creating an economy that works for all and look forward to helping Government achieve that aim.”

Together with our members we were a driving force behind the Act which has now entered its fourth year of implementation. The Act places a duty on public bodies to consider the social, environmental and economic impact of the services they commission.

Our Procuring for Good Report showed how 1 in 3 (33%) local authorities now routinely consider social value in their procurement and commissioning with 24% having a social value policy. In the report, we argued that the barriers to greater adoption will only be overcome by legislative change to strengthen the Act.

Organisations looking on how to embed social value into their commissioning processes should look at our Communities Count Report which sets out four steps to unlocking social value. 

For those commisisoning health and social care services we've also put together a 12-step guide to embedding social value priorities in health and care commissioning based on the findings of our Health and Social Value Programme.