The Public Services Social Value Act (2012) means that before a procurement process begins, commissioners have to think about whether the services they are going to buy, or the way they are going to buy them, will secure benefits for their area or stakeholders.

It encourages public authorities to consider economic, social and environmental well-being when commissioning and procuring services. This helps to highlight the difference between a contract’s cost and its value by asking questions that will reveal the bidder’s intended social and environmental impact.

The reasons for this are two-fold:
• It will level the playing field for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises satisfying the Act’s criteria for proven social value.
• It also presents an opportunity for larger organisations that, in addition to offering competitive rates, may also have numerous social and environmental activities in place.
This means that for us, as a Community Interest Company and a leading force in the field of coproduction, we are placed in prime position to make a positive impact on how public and community services are designed and delivered.