Public Services Act

The Public Services (Social Value) Act aims to embed social value into commissioning and procurement practices

The Public Services (Social Value) Act came into force in early 2013 making it a requirement for commissioners of public services to consider at pre-procurement stage how the services they commission can improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area.

Housing associations have engaged with the Social Value Act both as commissioners and the providers of services. They have also been challenged to measure and specify the social returns they are aiming to achieve with each contract.

Our Social Value Act briefing sets out the legislative requirements for your business both as a commissioner of servicers and service delivery agent for other public body partners.

The National Housing Federation is a partner in the Social Value Hub an online resource for those interested in social value and the Act.