Lord Young review of social value — report published

We noted in this post that just two years into its life, implementation of the Social Value Act was being reviewed. The evidence-gathering and consultation happened at the very tail-end of last year and the report has just been published today (13/02/15). You can read it in full here.

Or you can pop over to the Policy Issues section on the BSSEC website and read our synopsis of the report, along with a commentary on what we felt its important points to be.

And if you can’t even wait to do that, then here’s a taster of the most important outcomes. While concluding that a mandatory extension of the Act would be premature, the report recommends:

  • Work within Whitehall to raise awareness and understanding across government departments.
  • Work with Cabinet Office SME champions to help private sector businesses understand social value better.
  • The establishment of a social value steering group with NHS England and the NHS Sustainable Development Unit to ensure better progress on social value in health.
  • Inspiring Impact be engaged to develop an appropriate measurement system for SV.
  • That current procurement thresholds detailed in the Act do not rise to the new 2015 OJEU threshold of €750,000.


You can see all of BSSEC’s materials on social value here:

Main category — Public Services and Social Value

Interesting video debate on social value with a panel including Hazel Blears MP

Birmingham City Council and social value

→ Useful resources

→  Social value — one year on

Key findings from two years’ work

 New Ideas on Social Value — event report (Dec 2014)

→ All blog posts tagged ‘social value’

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

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