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The Social Value Act came into force in early 2013, requiring commissioning bodies to think about wider social and environmental benefits when procuring new services. This report examines how social value and specifically the Act is being utilised and how some councils have overcome the perceived challenges of implementation. The report focuses on the extent to which social value has been embedded through processes and priorities within government. It specifically looks at the understanding and awareness of the Act in local government among officers and councillors outside of procurement teams and examined the appetite to use the Act.