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Social Audit Network November 2015

SAN’s new Audit Champion

SAN is excited to announce the appointment of its first ever Audit Champion. Alan Kay will take a leadership role on our social audit activities, including:

  • Writing a monthly blog on issues relating to the audit
  • Creating a list of key stakeholders and ‘fellow travellers’
  • Liaising and developing relationships with relevant organisations
  • Monitoring SAN audits undertaken, including liaison with SAN office and quality assurance 
  • Organising annual CPD for auditors
  • Supporting new auditors through the training process

Chair of SAN, Lisa McMullan welcomed Alan, saying ‘This is a really exciting opportunity for us to help move SAN forward and play a more active role in the wider social audit landscape and thank you Alan for agreeing to take on such a key role for us.’

Alan can be contacted at 


Case Studies

SAN is publishing a new set of case studies of organisations which have embedded social accounting within their organisations. These case studies aim to illustrate how social accounting is used across organisations of differing sizes and from different areas of business. The first case study is from St Leger Homes… 

St-Leger.jpgSt Leger was set up by Doncaster Council in 2005, following a consensus decision made by council house tenants at that time. They are responsible for the management of council homes, along with a portfolio of shopping parades, garage sites and land. They also manage the Housing Register on behalf of Doncaster Council and undertake other work as agreed and required by the Council, for example they have recently taken over the management of Gypsy & Traveller sites and continue to expand their private sector landlord service.

St Leger Homes are a limited, not-for-profit distributing company employing 720 people and are a living wage employer.

St Leger Homes’ first set of Social Accounts covered the period from April 2014 to March 2015. They have a strong vision and value base with clearly defined strategic objectives, and associated KPIs. The SAA process works with their existing reporting systems, focusing on social impact and activities that add value to their core business of providing quality housing for tenants and their families.

The full case study can be downloaded here

Further case studies will be available soon.

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Train to be a social accountant

Current dates for training can be found at the SAN website and include:

10th - 11th November 2015

PIA 2 day course


The PIA Workshop aims to introduce participants to the process of social accounting and audit and to explore the resources in the SAN Guide and CD from both doer and facilitator point of view. Learning outcomes include to be able to compile a set of social accounts of one’s own organisation and present these for audit; and to be able to assist others in the process.

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Other news

In England, the Cabinet Office has announced a package of work to support the effective implementation of the Social Value Act. This includes nominations for the Social Value Awards, which recognise  and celebrate good practice in commissioning and providing social value. 

The categories will be: Social Value Leadership Award for an Organisation; Social Value Leadership Award for an Individual; Promoting and Mainstreaming Social Value Act Award; and Driving Value for Money Award

To nominate for the awards, you can do so by following this link. The deadline is 20 November with winners to be announced at the Social Value Summit in February 2016. 

As well as this, the Cabinet Office has also announced funding for eight projects around the country to help them improve the way they measure their social, economic and environmental impact as part of the Social Value Act. 

The funding of almost £30,000 will help those who commission public services  to measure the added economic, social and environmental benefits to their local area. 

Recipients include Social Value Portal, Social Enterprise UK and The Prince’s Trust. 

This announcement is part of a body of work which builds on recommendations laid out by Lord Young in February of ways to realise the full potential of the Social Value Act. 

Other Government news includes discussion about the role of Social Value in their devolution proposals:

Chris White (Warwick and Leamington) To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions he has had with local government representatives on ensuring social value is taken into account in proposals for greater devolution; and what his policy is on the recommendation of the Local Government Association's National Procurement Strategy for Local Government on the wider adoption of Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. 

Answered by:
Mr Marcus Jones
Answered on: 19 October 2015 

The Government is looking at the full costs and benefits of devolution proposals in line with Government guidance. This is supported by detailed conversations with areas to help them refine their work such as guidance about onward devolution to neighbourhoods. 

The Government fully supports local authorities applying the concept of social value more widely than required by the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 and this is reflected in the Revised Best Value Statutory Guidance which was published in March of this year and can be viewed at the link below: 

Does compulsory measurement of social value creep ever closer? Watch this space…

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SAN has recently supported the Football Foundation with an audit of its latest Impact report. This is the third time that SAN has  done this work, and may eventually develop towards the Foundation keeping social accounts - time will tell. They are the largest sports charity in the UK and funded by The Premier League, The FA and Sport England and further information can be found here: 

A report exploring the real experience of Social Value for social sector organisations in Knowsley has been published today by Knowsley Community and Voluntary Services (KCVS). The report highlights the findings of a collaborative research project with the University of Liverpool Management School.

The aim of the research was to provide KCVS with a greater understanding of the experiences of working in the voluntary and community sector in 2015, with particular focus on the impact of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.

The key findings show a picture of a social sector in Knowsley that has belief and passion, a desire to make a positive difference, empathy, and a willingness to learn, but a sector that is struggling to survive in an increasingly challenging world. There is a lot of firefighting that compromises long term planning and everything is underpinned by the constant search for funding. It is vital for these organisations to be able to network, share and collaborate with peers.

More details and the full report can be found by clicking here.

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International Groups

Social value networks join up to create ‘international force for change’

In September 2014 The Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) and The SROI Network joined forces to create Social Value International.

Social Value International is the result of a merger between the international activities of The SROI Network and SIAA. SIAA will become Social Value International, and The SROI Network in the UK will become Social Value UK. Both the international and UK organisations will continue to be member-led and to offer training, accreditation and assurance on SROI and impact measurement.

Social Value International will provide a clear and unified message about the importance of accounting for value, within and beyond its membership. It will have more than 900 individual and organisational members, across 49 countries. The restructuring makes Social Value International the largest international network representing those working to better understand, account for, measure, analyse, and manage the wider value created and destroyed by organisational activity.

Social Value International will consist of affiliated national member networks and associate networks. The SROI Network in the UK, as Social Value UK, will become one of those national member networks.

Social Value International is open to collaboration with other accounting for value and impact measurement networks or groups in order to strengthen the global social value movement. Please get in touch if you’re interested in finding out more about Social Value International and opportunities to collaborate.

SAN members outside of the UK are encouraged to contact Social Value International to explore opportunities to join things up where you live!

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Vote for your favourite project

Vote for your favourite project in the RBS Skills and Opportunities Fund – good luck to all SAN Members and colleagues with projects in the running! 

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Contacts and Coordinators

North East England

Julie Gowland

South East

Barbara Beaton

South Central England

Dave Furze

North West England

Liz Brooks Allen and Anne Lythgoe

West Midlands and East Midlands

Iftikar Karim (until June 2016) and Sean Smith

Yorkshire and Humber

Bernie Speight

South West England

Helen Vines

Northern Ireland

Peter MacCafferty