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.

SOCIAL ENTERPRISES IN ACTION

Undercutting exploitative weekly payment stores

Fair For You is a not for profit social enterprise which has been set up to offer a fair alternative to weekly payment stores for domestic appliances. Offering significantly lower interest rate charges than payday lenders and high street weekly payment stores, Fair for You offers a no fees, no deposit, quality, branded products for people who would otherwise be exploited by for-profit companies.

Providing healthcare for excluded and marginalised groups

Bevan Healthcare CIC runs a NHS General Practice service that meets the needs of people who are homeless or in unstable accommodation; those who have come to Bradford as refugees or to seek asylum; and others who find it hard to access health care.

Recently rated outstanding by the CQC, the Chief Inspector of GP Practice said: “If there is a better practice in England I look forward to visiting it… There are so many aspects to this practice deserving of recognition and I urge other practices to read this report. This is an utterly outstanding practice and just shows what can be achieved with excellent leadership and teamwork which includes the team and the patients that this practice serves.”

Tackling youth unemployment

Street League changes people’s lives through football. Their vision is an end to structural youth unemployment in the UK. Working with 16-25 year olds who are not in employment, education and training they engage young people in a structured football and education 'Academy' programme, with two hours in the classroom and two hours on the pitch each day. This intensive 10-week programme develops vital employability skills such as communication, teamwork and goal-setting. It also offers nationally-recognised qualifications.

Connecting isolated communities

HCT Group is a social enterprise in the transport industry, safely providing over 20 million passenger trips on our buses every year. It delivers a range of transport services – from London red buses to social services transport, from school transport to Park and Ride, from community transport to education and training. They reinvest the profits from our commercial work into further transport services or projects in the communities they serve. With the Bus Services Bill currently going through Parliament, councils are set to have greater flexibility over how they manage their bus services.

THE TEAM AT SEUK 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