Getting to grips with the Social Value Act

Effective from 31st January, the Public Services (Social Value) Act requires local authorities and other commissioners of public services to consider how their services can benefit people living in the local community (applies to England and Wales, although there are Welsh exceptions).Government news release.

There’s a good discussion article on the value of this legislation on ThinkNPC http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/social-value-act-a-worthy-act-of-defiance/.

Social Enterprise UK has a page of useful links on the Social Value Act (its own material and others) at http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/policy-campaigns/campaigns/social-value and has published a second edition ‘Working with the Public Sector – Busting the Myths: A guide for social enterprise and contracting public bodies’ to coincide with the new law. NAVCA’s round up at http://www.navca.org.uk/socialvalue, Urban Forum has a briefing (pdf, 177KB) via http://www.urbanforum.org.uk/briefings/the-social-value-act-2012.

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