Putting Social Value at the Heart of Inclusive Growth

5th June 2019

Social Enterprise UK, along with their partners Power to Change, Cordant, Engie and Lloyds Bank Foundation have published a new research document ‘Front and Centre - Putting Social Value at the Heart of Inclusive Growth’. 

The report calls for a rethink on how public bodies use social value, urging it to be placed front and centre of how government works. Based on in-depth research across local government, the report paints a mixed picture – one in which real progress is being made by forward thinking local authorities but where the transformative potential of social value is not being fully realised. The activity of a number of councils is covered in depth, including some case studies and examples from Suffolk County Council, right here in the East of England.

The report calls on public bodies to use social value more strategically, taking it out of the procurement silo where it is too often found and embedded across council's operations.

Almost two-thirds of local councils (63%) are shown to have a good understanding of social value with 82% believing that social value drives higher levels of growth. However, only 42% believe that using social value has reduced inequalities. The report makes the case for bridging this gap and the use of social value to drive inclusive growth. 

You can download a copy of the report here https://www.socialenterprise.org.uk/front-and-centre-putting-social-value-at-the-heart-of-inclusive-growth

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