Published: 16th Apr 2020

A standardised approach to evaluating social value could help improve the lives of residents and the way in which council services are commissioned, according to a new report. The report by think tank Localis – Brighten All Corners – maximising social value in place – calls on councils to adopt community value charters, as a way of measuring the success of commissioned services, with particular reference to the Social Value Act. The legislation first came into force in January 2013 and calls on all public sector organisations to factor in economic, social and environmental well-being when awarding contracts. But since it became law, there have been questions raised about how effective it is and whether or not it should be strengthened. The Localis report recommends the government revise the Social Value Act with a local element requiring councils to produce community value charters to define specific goals and priorities for residents. It … (To read the full article, subscribe below)