Social value and procurement – a toolkit for housing providers & contractors

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“Housing providers are expected to deliver more than ever before, but with less resource. Many are now turning to the supply chain to generate social value, but both housing providers and contractors have some key questions”

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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 Social Enterprise Supply Chain Guide

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“This guide is for big businesses and other organisations interested in buying goods and services from the UK’s social enterprise sector.

Social enterprises are different to ordinary businesses because they reinvest their profits for good, benefiting people and planet. When they profit, society profits. 

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“Our vision for a better Kirklees” A Social Value Guide

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This toolkit has been developed by Kirklees Council in order to provide guidance for council staff in achieving the outcomes outlined in the council’s Social Value Policy Statement. The toolkit explains the importance of integrating social value into every stage of the council’s commissioning cycle and how this can be done through the procurement process. An overview of relevant legislation and recent case studies is also given.

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Worcestershire County Council procurement toolkit

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This toolkit was developed in 2013 by Worcestershire County Council to advise on best practices for procurement in regards to generating social value. The toolkit outlines The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and gives examples of instances where social benefits have been created though the commissioning process. The procurement process is outlined and information given on how to best monitor and measure social value generation.

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Understanding Social Value: A guide for local Compacts and the voluntary sector

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This guide is aimed at the voluntary sector and The Compact (The Compact is an agreement between the public and voluntary/community sectors establishing a mutually beneficial relationship and several key guidelines. The guide allows organisations in the voluntary sector to understand how they can engage with the Social Value Act (2012) and explains the concept of social value.

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The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012: One Year On

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This report outlines some of the progress made by commissioners in the year following the implementation of the The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. Further context is given on UK and EU legislation on commissioning for social value. Numerous case studies are given on how organisations have commissioned for social value and have used this to benefit stakeholders.

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