Public bodies

WHY SHOULD PUBLIC BODIES COMMISSION SOCIAL ENTERPRISES?

Public bodies, including councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Probation Trusts, Housing Associations and Central Government are increasingly looking to social enterprises to deliver sustainable public services that create social value.

Social enterprises deliver essential, cost-effective public services, helping local government improve the quality of services, support community development and address social exclusion.

Whether it is taking on payday lenders and exploitative weekly payment stores, providing healthcare for excluded groups or tackling youth employment, there is a social enterprise answer. Social enterprises are businesses that plough their profits back into a social cause. They are not looking for a hand out from public bodies; they want a level playing field within commissioning and procurement policies.

THE SOCIAL VALUE ACT

The Social Value Act requires public bodies in England to consider choosing providers based on the social value created in an area and not on cost alone. Click here for more information and guidance.

PROCURING FOR GOOD REPORT

Published by Social Enterprise UK, the Procuring for Good - How the Social Value Act is being used by local authorities report paints the most comprehensive picture yet about how councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act.

OUR WORK WITH LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Our proposal for local authorities explains how social enterprises can help to transform local services. For more information on how we can work with you, please contact james.butler@socialenterprise.org.uk I 020 3589 4953.

DELIVERING SOCIAL VALUE IN HEALTH AND CARE

This short report details the difference social value can make in health and care commissioning, and shares learning for other commissioning authorities. It presents the initial findings from Social Enterprise UK's Health and Social Value Programme, a three-year project which brought together CCGs, local authorities, Health and Wellbeing Boards and VCSE organisations in 12 areas across England. Download the report here.

To accompany the report, we have also published '12 Steps to embedding social value priorities in health and care' for commissioners. Download it here.

Find out more about our work in health and social care.

OUR TEAM CAN HELP PUBLIC BODIES WITH...

  • Social Value Act implementation: how to commission, procure and buy for social value
  • Localism Act implementation: supporting the Right to run, Right to provide and public sector spin-outs
  • Local economic strategy – how to stimulate and support social enterprise in your local area
  • Social innovation funds, challenges and competitions: design, launch and delivery support
  • Internal communications and change management to support social enterprise and innovation

Charlie Business DevelopmentFor more information contact Charlie Wigglesworth on 020 3589 4952 or charlie.wigglesworth@socialenterprise.org.uk