Procuring for Good – How the Social Value Act is being used by local authorities

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“Published by Social Enterprise UK, this report paints the most comprehensive picture yet about how councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act.”

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Working with the public sector: busting the myths

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“A myth-busting guide to help social enterprises navigate procurement rules and processes, and for contracting public bodies who want to commission for social value and work with social enterprises. January 2013 (second edition).

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The Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility

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In response to the implementation of the Social Value Act 2012, the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility has been developed. This outlines mandatory principles which Birmingham City Council must adopt in order to enhance its social value generation. Organisations working closely with the council have also been invited to adopt the principles.

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Sport and Physical Activity

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While the funding available to deliver sport and physical activity was facing significant reduction, there were new and emerging opportunities to deliver a commissioned model of delivery locally through the Strategic Commissioning arrangements being developed in Leicestershire.

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Selwood Housing

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The following information has been taken from Selwood Housing ‘Social Value in Commissioning’: “As a housing provider we are ultimately responsible for providing safe and secure homes for people who need them. But we are also a charitable social enterprise and one of our key aims is to get people to take responsibility for their own lives and help them to help themselves so when we commission new services or contracts we look for solutions to suit the community, not just us as the commissioner Continue reading

Provision of school milk

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Fresh Pastures is a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up by 2 people who wanted to take a more innovative approach to providing milk to schools. As well as providing local milk they also wanted to provide employment opportunities for people with disabilities and the long-term unemployed. 25% of its workforce comprises people with a disability and the remainder are recruited from the long-term unemployed. Any profit is ring-fenced for social benefit and ploughed back into the company.

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Oldham Council Social Value Procurement Framework

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Oldham Council, in keeping with their aim of “delivering a Co-operative Borough” has developed a social value procurement framework. This framework details social, economic and environmental outcomes against which tenders will be evaluated and contracts monitored. This will allow the council to formally and consistently achieve social value in commissioning and procurement.

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Milton Keynes Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012-15

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“The Milton Keynes Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy 2012-15 set out a commitment to reduce health inequalities, build on community strengths, shift the budget allocation towards primary and secondary prevention, and respond more effectively to the needs of different groups in the community. Continue reading

Procurement Policy Note – The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 – advice for commissioners and procurers

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This policy note gives an introduction of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and clarifies some of the terminology used. The requirements of the act are set out and examples given of how organisations can consider social value when commissioning and procuring services.

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