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Social Value – Guides

In September 2014 the government announced a review of the Social Value Act. The review found that the Act is having a positive effect where it is taken up, and that it has clear potential to act as a tool for smarter procurement given the right application.

In this essay, Chris White MP, the architect of the Act, explores how its principles might be applied to the planning system to ensure developers are putting something back into the local community through their development, whether by training up local people, improving the environment, or reducing loneliness and ill health.

It is now one year since the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force. This document outlines some of the progress made since, and what the Government plans to do next.

Aimed at commissioners and procurement officials, this guide provides an overview of the Public Services (Social Value) Act itself and the policy drivers behind it, as well practical guidance on how social value can be embedded into the commissioning and procurement process. You’ll find some tips and suggestions in the annexes to help you get started.

A quick and easy to read guide on the Social Value act.

Social value is one of those ideas that is easy to talk about, but is surprisingly hard to be clear about. This Pioneers Post Quick Guide will help you to work out what it means, why it’s important and how you can adopt it in your work – all in just 15 minutes.

This report has been produced from the discussions and workshops at the Social Value Summit, co-produced by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and Landmarc at Dartington Hall1 on January 28th and 29th 2014.

Buying social means buying the everyday goods and services you need from a social enterprise. That way you can ensure that the money you have to spend is making a real difference. More and more businesses and people are looking to Buy Social as a way of improving the lives and communities of those around them.

Figures published in ‘The People’s Business’ reveal a thriving social enterprise sector in the UK that is attracting a wave of entrepreneurs and out-performing mainstream business. Report supported by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

The purpose of this document is to set out proposals and approaches that will improve the health and wellbeing of people across England. The content of this module is not a set of instructions
or a prescriptive way of working. It shows the ways to deliver sustainable health which are neither burdensome nor costly but improve outcomes for people, save money and help to protect the environment.

A new multi-authored book edited by Ed Mayo, The Co-operative Advantage outlines 50 co-operative innovations to boost the British economy. Based on three years of research with co-operative business experts, The Co-operative Advantage analyses growth sectors around which the co-operative model has an edge and a fit that offers a competitive advantage – identifying 50 potential innovations that dovetail with emerging trends in technology and markets.

The Code is issued to meet the Government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services.


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