Social Value in Procurement
The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires commissioners in public authorities to have regard to economic, social and environmental well-being when buying public services. Public bodies are now encouraged to make social value a consideration and look for providers who can also deliver value to the local community for minimal or no additional cost. Almost four years after its enactment, more councils are adopting the Social Value Act in their commissioning – however uptake has been slow and patchy both within and across local authorities.
This publication follows an NLGN discussion that looked at the challenges posed by the Social Value Act.