Strengthening social value in public services commissioning

There has been varied sector reaction to the outcome of the review of the Social Value Act carried out by Lord Young. While there was disappointment that the review didn’t recommend extending and strengthening the Act, sector bodies were pleased that some of their other recommendations were taken up. Civil Society News round-up: http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/19056/young_review_social_value_act_should_not_be_extended_yet.

Think tank NPC argues that the changes “would help commissioners identify the social outcomes they seek and give providers confidence in delivering those outcomes, while strengthening the commissioning process as a whole”. http://www.thinknpc.org/media/press-releases/cabinet-office-heeds-npcs-call-to-give-teeth-to-social-value-act/.

NCVO has an article outlining the report recommendations and also the missed opportunities, http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2015/02/13/the-social-value-act-review-welcome-steps-and-missed-opportunities/. Their press release overlaps a little, at https://www.ncvo.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/799-ncvo-responds-to-review-of-social-value-act, and local sector support body NAVCA has similar views at http://www.navca.org.uk/blog/view/social-value-act-review.

Official news item on the ‘Social Value Act: review’ at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/social-value-act-review, and the information and resources page for commissioners and providers of public services has also been updated, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-value-act-information-and-resources.

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