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The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 (PS(SV)A 2012) requires contracting authorities to consider how they can improve the social impact of services they provide before the start of the procurement process.
The PS(SV)A 2012 applies to all public sector bodies that fall within the definition of ‘contracting authority’ under the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCR 2015), SI 2015/102. This is a relatively broad definition, which includes:
police and fire authorities
other publicly financed and controlled organisations
The PS(SV)A 2012 does not apply to certain public bodies in Wales.
The PS(SV)A 2012 places obligations on contracting authorities, at the point at which they are proposing to procure or making arrangements to procure certain public contracts, to consider:
how what is being procured might improve the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of its area—those areas or areas within the UK in which the relevant contracting authority (or authorities, if more than one) primarily exercises its functions and on whose behalf the public services contract or framework agreement (as the case may be) is intended to be made
how that improvement might be secured in the procurement process
whether to undertake a consultation on the potential improvements or how they might be secured
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