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The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 (‘Act’) came into force in January 2013 and yet despite the time that has passed since its implementation the uptake has been relatively patchy and slow.

In many way this is not surprising given the financial challenges that local government has been set over the past two years,  alongside the weak language of the Act itself (as noted by Lord Young) that requires public sector bodies to only ‘consider’’ social value within their commissioning and procurement processes. And yet, there are those within the public sector that have embraced the Act as if ‘manna from heaven’ stating that it is a revolutionary piece of legislation that has “the potential to transform the public sector”.

So why this difference of opinion and why are so many councils still only seeing obstacles where others see big opportunities?

There are a number of reasons being raised by local authorities including:

lack of guidance

concerns about additional project costs

availability of resources

However, central to this is a recognition that the very strength of the Act in its lack of specificity has also been its greatest weakness and that there is a need for practical guidance and real time examples showing how to apply the Act and what the real benefits are.

The purpose of this initiative, therefore, is to bridge this gap in our collective knowledge by providing a tool and support that may be used by all public sector organisations and their suppliers to assess where they are, help them decide where they want to get to and provide some guidance and tips on how to get there.


The Social Value Taskforce Maturity Index is a method for determining where you are on the journey compared to your peers, and to understand what steps you need to take next.

Take the quick online test below for a rough idea of where you stand, or download the Spreadsheet tool for a more detailed look at the different stages, and how to reach your Social Value goals.

n.b. your responses will remain confidential, though may be published in aggregate.

Are you a Follower, Mature, Leader or Innovator? Where do you stand?

Bridging the gap: Publications



The National Social Value Task Force was founded in February 2016 in order to establish a good practice framework for the integration of the Public Services (Social Value Act) 2012 (‘Act’) into our public sector and business.

It is an open network and welcomes any organisation that wishes to get involved and who wants to help build our collective knowledge of how we can support our communities by working together through the effective implementation of the Act.

Task Force Participants and Contributors:

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

Wirral Council

Birmingham City Council

Bristol City Council

Cabinet Office/DCMS

Coventry City Council

Cornwall County Council

Crown Commercial Services

Halton Borough Council

Local Government Association

London Fire Brigade


NHS Halton CCG & LA

ORBIS (Surrey & East Sussex County, Brighton and Hove)

Supply Chain Future

Willmott Dixon Foundation

Star Procurement

West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA)

Sandwell Council

Dudley Council

Wolverhampton Council

Walsall Council

Solihull Council

Suffolk County Council

Colchester City Council

Network Rail

SCAPE Procure

Greater London Authority


Durham Council


Balfour Beatty

Social Value Portal

Media and resources

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