Social Value Act briefing


Find out about the implications for housing associations’ procurement and tendering processes.

28 June 2012

The Public Services (Social Value) Act comes into force on 31 January 2013. For housing associations the Act applies in two important and distinct respects:

  • Housing associations are bound by the requirements of the legislation when procuring a service.
  • Housing associations must be prepared to define the social and economic value and impact of the services they offer when tendering for a service from a local authority or another relevant body.

The briefing also explains the options that housing associations have if they wish to analyse the social value of their own activities and how this may help in securing contracts with local authorities or other public bodies.

The Cabinet Office has produced guidance on the Act.

Social Enterprise UK has also published a guide to the implementation of the Act.