Public Service (Social Value) Act 2012

Driving social, environmental and economic value in public sector procurement

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 requires public authorities to have regard to economic, social and environmental well-being in connection with public services contracts. A review of the Act, carried out by Lord Young, was published on 13th February 2015.  The review found that the Act is having a positive effect where it is taken up, and that it has clear potential to act as a tool for smarter procurement given the right application. The review also makes recommendations around how to further develop the social value agenda and to move the Act into its next phase of implementation.

Implementation of the Act is somewhat patchy, and there is little consistency of approach between different commissioning bodies. The resources linked from this page provide some example of good practice, but should not be considered exhaustive.

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