Social ValueAfter the Public Services (SocialValue) Act 2012Wiltshire Voluntary Sector Forum15th May 2013
What does the Act say?Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012“The authority must consider—(a)how what is proposed to be procured might improve theeconomic, social and environmental well-being of therelevant area, and(b)how, in conducting the process of procurement, it mightact with a view to securing that improvement.”(my emphasis)
What Does the Act Say?Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012“The authority must consider whether to undertake anyconsultation as to the matters that fall to be consideredunder subsection 3”– Exemption for urgent procurements– Does not overrule procurement legislation
What is Social Value?• No universal definition"social value refers to wider non-financialimpacts of programmes, organisations andinterventions, including the wellbeing ofindividuals and communities, social capital and theenvironment. These are typically described as soft‘outcomes, mainly because they are difficult toquantify and measure.“Measuring Social Value, Demos
What is Social Value?Social Enterprise UK:“It involves looking beyond the price of each individualcontract and looking at what the collective benefit to acommunity is when a public body chooses to award acontract.”Social value asks the question: “If £1 is spent on thedelivery of services, can that same £1 be used, to alsoproduce a wider benefit to the community”.In other words, what are the additional benefits to thecommunity, be they social, economic or environmental,which can come from this procurement process over andabove the direct purchasing of the services?
What’s currently happening?You have to know languages when you go to sellsomething……but when you go to buy everyone does whathe must to understand you.”Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the time ofCholera
Challenges• Only 18% of commissioners regularly engagewith potential providers to design a tender• Criteria for awarding contracts– TOP: Cost– BOTTOM: Community engagement potentialFuture Service Partnerships, LGiU, http://bit.ly/OwoE6M
What you can do:Find out locally:1. What are the local priorities?2. Is there clear political leadership3. What counts as having met the Act’srequirements?
“…there’s an onus on us to make the biggestdifference we can… It’s not enough to show thatyou did something. You have to show that whatyou did is better than anything else you couldhave done.”Peter Wanless(Chief Executive, The Big Lottery Fund)Demonstrate your Impact
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AcknowledgmentsThis presentation is based on material from:• John Dawson, Local Commissioning andProcurement Adviser, NAVCA• Jenni Inglis, VIE• Helen Vines, Vinesworks• Charlotte Hanson – Proving Our Value, SouthWest Forum