Social Value Act: introductory guide

An introductory guide to the Public Services (Social Value Act) 2012 for commissioners and policymakers.



The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Crown Commercial Service has written an introductory guide to the Social Value Act (SVA) for commissioners and policy makers. In this guide, you will find a plain English explanation of the SVA and advice on how to include social value in your specification for services.

This guidance is aimed at those in commissioning, policy-making or operational roles who need to procure a service on behalf of bodies defined as contracting authorities under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

Please direct general enquiries about this document to the Office for Civil Society (OCS). For procurement enquiries, we advise your to speak to your organisation’s Commercial teams or the Crown Commercial Service.

Published 5 April 2018