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Working together to make Cheshire safer: Guest Blog from John Dwyer, Cheshire PCC

In this guest blog, John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire and winner of the 2015 Compact Leadership Award, talks about the crucial role the local voluntary and community sector plays in helping to make Cheshire safer, and how he has worked in partnership with them to achieve this shared vision.

North Tyneside: Creating Social Value

Voluntary Organisations and Development Agency (VODA)
The North Tyneside Health and Social Value Group, which includes the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), local authority and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, jointly produced a framework for embedding social value in procurement activity to deliver benefits to local disadvantaged communities.  In addition to raising awareness, the social value framework takes account of local priorities agreed by the North Tyneside Strategic Partnership (NTSP) and the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA), and will be considered as part of all local procurement exercises, not just those above the EU threshold.

Understanding social value: The implications for local Compacts and the voluntary sector

Published in March 2014, this detailed guidance covers what social value is, what's covered by the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, requirements on local authorities and how the Compact and social value relate to each other.

The briefing is intended to be easy to understand and provides a number of practical case studies and practical actions to take.

Helping you get to grips with social value

This February marked the one year anniversary of the Public Service (Social Value) Act, more commonly known as the Social Value Act.
The picture is still very mixed across the country as to how local authorities and voluntary sector organisations understand social value and the Public Services (Social Value) Act.
As a result, we've published a new, easy-to-understand guide to help organisations and Compact groups to get on board with it.

Local Compact survey results 2013: briefing 3 - Social value

This series of briefings explores some of the policy findings from our 2013 Annual Survey of Local Compacts in more depth. In our third blog, we look at perceptions of the Social Value Act.

This blog reveals the results around how well the Act is understood, whether respondents are having much involvement with the Act and how respondents perceive the Act’s potential.

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