Social Value Act
The Social Value Act, which came into force in January 2013, requires public bodies, including councils, to consider choosing providers based on the social value created in an area and not on cost alone.
Together with our members, we were instrumental in ensuring that the Social Value Act became law, and have been recognised by the Third Sector Excellence Awards for our achievements, winning the Big Impact of the Year Award 2012.
BIRMINGHAM TO HOST SECOND SOCIAL VALUE ACADEMY
On 18 October 2016 we are hosting an intensive one day training masterclass in social value for those working in commissioning, procurement, and providers of goods and services across the private, public and social sectors.
Learn from the leading experts in the field and from practical, real-life examples how to use and implement the Social Value Act, how to measure social value, and how to deliver greater social value. Each participant will get an exclusive resource pack of materials, the opportunity to network with leaders and peers from across sectors, and Social Value Academy certification.
Procuring for Good - a new report published by Social Enterprise UK paints the most comprehensive picture yet about how councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act.
The report aims to help the team at Social Enterprise UK engage councils and other public bodies to support them to fully embrace the Act.
Read a blog by James Butler, Public Affairs Manager at Social Enterprise UK, who led on this piece of work and interprets the findings in the report.
PROCURING FOR GOOD RESOURCES FOR SEUK MEMBERS
LETTER TO YOUR LOCAL MP / COUNCILLOR
If you run a social enterprise that delivers local services, you'll know that organisations in the social sector have a strong track record of creating social value and tackling local problems. The Act can help you ensure that commissioners recognise this and choose providers that create the most social value in your area.
We've drafted a template letter that you can download and tailor, and send to your local MP and/or Councillor to let them know about your social enterprise.
FIND OUT HOW YOUR COUNCIL RESPONDED
Want to know if your local council has a social value policy? How does it fare when it comes to considering social value?
The full results of our FOI survey for the Procuring for Good report are available to view online.
Social Enterprise UK is here to help people and teams understand and implement the Social Value Act, from those in public sector commissioning and procurement, to providers in the social and private sectors. We have lots of resources available.