Circular for September 2012
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Contacts & Coordinators
If the volume of articles and discussion in the media is anything to go by, the importance and relevance of social value reporting continues to grow apace. We would like to hear from you about what is going on in your area. Contact one of our regional co-ordinators with your stories of social accounting...
SAN Directors have been busy across the country…
In London, Barbara Beaton has been asked to run a short session about measuring impact at a Chartered Institute of Housing event in September. She has also been working with one of the Kent Universities around measuring social value.
Dave Furze will be delivering a series of seminars for ACEVO on Commissioning of Public Services – the first on 4th September in London, then Manchester and Sheffield. He will be emphasising the role of social accounting and audit (SAA) and Social Value in the commissioning process.
In Salford, Anne Lythgoe is delivering a series of sessions for providers to Salford City Council around the importance of measuring social value as a part of commissioning and procurement, focussing on the role of SAA as a framework for measuring social value and outcomes delivered under contract.
In Scotland, Alan Kay is delivering a number of learning sessions for the Scottish Social Enterprise Academy (SSEA).
Our Chair, Lisa McMullan has worked through the summer with colleagues at the Women’s Organisation in Liverpool to deliver support and training for a group of local social businesses, who will bring their social accounts to an audit panel shortly.
Sean Smith has created SAN’s Facebook page and is busy linking SAN into the expanding world of social media. Mary McGarry has been writing SAN’s latest set of social accounts, collecting stakeholder views via survey monkey – have you completed our survey yet? http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/ take the survey
SAN will be attending the Charity Impact Measurement Conference in London on 16th October. http://www.thirdsectorevents.com/events/impactmeasurementconference/
Social Value or cutting costs – the Local Authority dilemma
Almost half of English councils prefer to use their purchasing power to cut costs than to secure wider social benefits, a survey by accountants BDO has found.
The report, Social supply: a guide to improving social value through better purchasing, also found that the vast majority of councils (83%) did not measure social value benefits in their existing procurement processes.
The research, which included around 95 local councils from England, concluded that a longer-term strategic approach was needed for the Public Service (Social Value) Act to be implemented successfully. Collaborative relationships with suppliers were also necessary.
Andy Mahon, BDO partner and head of the local government team, said: ‘The new legislation provides an opportunity for councils to work more closely with suppliers and think more broadly about the potential benefits that contracts can deliver within local communities. We know from our daily conversations that suppliers are chomping at the bit to engage in this way.’
He added that there were many ‘untapped opportunities’ for councils to achieve more for less. ‘This legislation should act as a catalyst for changing the way the supply chain is managed rather than simply being viewed as another regulatory hurdle,’ Mahon said.
Local Government Information Unit – policy briefing on social value
For an interesting and alternative view on the Public Services (Social Value) Act, have a look at this briefing…
Also check out the new ‘Social Value Group’, which aims to support Chris White with the implementation of his Bill
Social Accounts and Social Reports
The SAN website now features a growing number of social accounts and social reports. Head over to http://www.socialauditnetwork.org.uk/getting-started/social-reports/ to see documents prepared by organisations from across the world and a wide variety of types.
If you have sets of social accounts which you would like to feature in this section, please contact Anne Lythgoe (firstname.lastname@example.org).