Anna Kucinska
07 August 2014

UK's new Social Value Hub website to help those who deliver and commission for social value

The new Social Value Hub online portal offers all resources relating to social value in the UK grouped together in one place. Prompted by the need for a clearer authority on the Social Value Act*, which came into force last year in the UK, the new Social Value Hub has been created to help councils, public sector commissioners and providers from across the social and private sectors take advantage of the new legislation to deliver improved public services and cost-savings.
 
According to recent research**, more than two-thirds of local authorities and housing associations say delivering social value has led to better service delivery (71%) and community relations (78%). More than half (52%) say it has resulted in cost savings.
 
However more than a third (37%) of respondents reported difficulty in defining social value, with two-thirds requesting further guidance on how it is measured.
 
The new website aggregates information and best-practice from across all sectors with practical 'how-to' articles, case studies and videos. The site also includes a 'mythbuster' guide in response to concerns of conflicting, and sometimes contradictory, advice and guidance about how to apply social value in practice.
 
The hub has been created by Social Enterprise UK in partnership with NCVO, NAVCA, the National Housing Federation and the NHS Confederation.
 
According to Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK, “Delivering social value is seeing really positive outcomes for public bodies and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations alike, but with so much information out there in different places it has been difficult for some until now. With this new hub, anyone interested in understanding more about social value is going to find it much easier to find the information they need and to learn from others, meaning they can spend less time searching and more time making a social impact.”
 
Visit the Social Value Hub at: www.socialvaluehub.org.uk
 

Source: Social Enterprise UK, Press Release of 29 July 2014, http://www.socialenterprise.org.uk
 
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* The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force on 31st January 2013. It requires public bodies to consider how the services they commission and procure might improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the area.
 
** ‘Communities Count: the Four Steps to Unlocking Social Value’: Research based on 200 telephone interviews with senior leaders in 77 local authorities and 123 housing associations, covering a wide diversity of scale, geography and experience.