Social Value Act

Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

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The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 became law on the 8th March 2012. From 31st January 2013 the Act is 'live' and commissioners and procurers must adhere to it.

The Act was initiated by Chris White MP as a Private Members Bill, the progress of the Bill becoming law is documented here.

What is the Act?
The Act, for the first time, places a duty on public bodies to consider social value ahead of a procurement. 

The Act applies to the provision of services, or the provision of services together with the purchase or hire of goods or the carrying out of works.

The wording of the Act states that... 

The authority must consider—
(a)how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the relevant area, and
(b)how, in conducting the process of procurement, it might act with a view to securing that improvement.

It also opens the door for consultation with stakeholders to better understand social value and improve service specifications, the Act states...

The authority must consider whether to undertake any consultation

What does social value mean under the Act?
The wording of the act states..

the authority must consider.. only matters that are relevant to what is proposed to be procured and, in doing so, must consider the extent to which it is proportionate in all the circumstances to take those matters into account.

How to put the Social Value Act into practice?get in touch
How will you inject social value into your commissioning and meet the requirements of the Social Value Act?

Contact NAVCA to see how we can help you bring social value and the Act itself to life in your area. 

Is there guidance on the Act? 
The Cabinet Office has issued a Procurement Policy Note on the Act as guidance to commissioners and procurers.


Also in this section
Our series of Social Value briefings, learning from commissioners, more information on what is Social Value and a history of the Social Value Act.

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