Opinion and Commentary

Opinions and commentary from a variety of sources regarding Social Value, the Social Value Act and its impacts

“Getting the most social value is achieved by creating long-term partnerships and aligning your priorities with different sectors. CleanStart in Trafford, set up by Trafford Housing Trust in 2008 to help tackle crime in the community, employs ex-offenders to clear out and maintain properties. To do so, it works closely with a variety of local agencies including Job Centre Plus, Greater Manchester Police and HMP Styal. Of the 40 ex-offenders who have been through the programme to date, less than 10% have re-offended.” – Circle Housing

“Getting the most social value is achieved by creating long-term partnerships and aligning your priorities with different sectors. CleanStart in Trafford, set up by Trafford Housing Trust in 2008 to help tackle crime in the community, employs ex-offenders to clear out and maintain properties. To do so, it works closely with a variety of local agencies including Job Centre Plus, Greater Manchester Police and HMP Styal. Of the 40 ex-offenders who have been through the programme to date, less than 10% have re-offended” – Communities Count: The Four Steps to Unlocking Social Value

“Social value is not about added or additional value, but about making it part of every aspect of design and delivery. A good example of this is Circle Housing in London which has involved residents in the development of their repairs and maintenance service, saving more than £120m…….” by the Guardian Newspaper, July 2014. Find the rest of this article at: “Four ways to add social value to public sector contracts

“It’s good that the public sector is now required by law to take into account social benefit when commissioning services. But the strength of the legislation derives from its ethos and ability to change behaviour rather than the legal content” – Find the rest of this commentary at Public Finance UK