Social value policies grow at local level

A new report from Social Enterprise UK looks at how local councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act. One in three now routinely consider social value in their procurement and commissioning, and 1 in 4 (24%) have a social value policy.

See Social Enterprise UK news item, which includes download link for the ‘Procuring for Good: How the Social Value Act is being used by local authorities’ report (pdf, 591KB). » Continue reading news item ... “Social value policies grow at local level”

Social impact, social mentoring, social benefit

Recent articles on the new international Nonprofit portal include some with a clear UK base, but others have a wider focus.

Mentoring and social entrepreneurship

The coordinator of SESAME, a European project on mentoring and social entrepreneurship, shares some of the lessons learned.

The SESAME project (Social Enterprise by Synergy and the Added value of youth Mentoring in Europe) is a strategic alliance between six countries, the Netherlands, Finland, Lithuania, Spain, Turkey and United Kingdom. » Continue reading news item ... “Social impact, social mentoring, social benefit”

Putting social value into commissioning

New from the Children’s Partnership Knowledge Bank, ‘The Social Value and Commissioning Toolkit’ clarifies the role charities can play in the commissioning process, and discusses how they can provide extra social value to public sector contracts.

The guide enables charities to demonstrate their impact by articulating how they provide social value and how they can start a dialogue with commissioners in their area, overcoming barriers which may prevent them from achieving their full potential to shape and provide public services.

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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:

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”. » Continue reading news item ... “Strengthening social value in public services commissioning”

Help with social benefit through NI public contracts

The Northern Ireland Executive has launched a Buy Social Toolkit, a practical guide on integrating social considerations into public contracts. It aims to provide assistance to procuring organisations on how they can generate benefits to society and the local economy through their contracts.

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(Source: Bates Wells Braithwaite Briefing)