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Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 - asset transfers: social value guidance

Guidance on social value for the relevant authorities when they are considering asset transfer applications, and should be considered as one part of their overall decision making process.


Annex C

Examples of current Social Value models adopted locally in Scotland

There are a wide range of social value tools and calculators being used in Scotland by relevant authorities to calculate social value when considering asset transfer applications. It is worth noting that these are often considered as one part of a wider approach to assessing asset transfer applications and play an important role in helping inform the final decision. Although the Scottish Government cannot recommend the use of one tool, technique, or approach over another, the following table outlines some of the various social return on investment tools and approaches used in Scotland.

Organisation

Model/ Approach

How it works

Examples

Scottish Government

Seven best value principles

Principles of best value should be applied by all relevant authorities when considering community asset transfer applications.

Asset Transfer guidance for authorities - Best Value Considerations

Community Ownership Support Service

Promote the Scottish Government best value principles

Published "Managing Risk in Asset Transfer" guidance in December 2020.

Guidance for relevant authorities to help inform them with their decision making and calculating social value/ accounting for discounts.

Managing Risk in Asset Transfer 2020

Forestry and Land Scotland

Adapted model from Scottish Government seven best value principles

Forestry And Land Scotland use this framework as part of their assessment criteria

FLS cats-evaluation-panel-assessment

FLS cats-evaluation-guidance

Organisation

Model/ Approach

How it works

Examples

Dumfries and Galloway Council

Licenced tool developed by the East Riding of Yorkshire

This is a web-based tool that has built-in financial proxies that link to wellbeing, economy, environment, and it is used by D&G Council to ensure impartiality.

Used by Dumfries and Galloway Council as part of a wider overall approach to managing risk/ calculating social value.

It gives the council Ward Officers an opportunity for further conversations with groups, especially language so that both the council and the group are talking about the same thing.

D&G Council also use it for longer-term conversations as well, following the asset transfer award.

https://www.socialvalueengine.com/

Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA)

Social Value Toolkit

Practical resources to measure and demonstrate the social value impact created by social housing providers

Organisation

Model/ Approach

How it works

Examples

Housing Association Charitable Trust (HACT)

Community Asset Transfer Toolkit

A UK based organisations toolkit for housing providers developed in conjunction with three community based organisations, to enable housing providers better understand the management of community assets, and also help manage their strategic approach to community asset transfer.

Community asset transfer toolkit | HACT

Organisation

Model/ Approach

How it works

Examples

Scottish Land Commission

Guidance on Assessing the Full Economic Benefits of the Productive Reuse of Land (April 2020)

Document provides guidance on how to identify, capture and, where possible, quantify the wider benefits of reusing vacant and derelict land, including economic and well-being benefits, so that such benefits can be compared to the costs of bringing sites into productive use and to any changes in the value of a site.

Land Reuse Framework Guidance

Organisation

Model/ Approach

How it works

Examples

Scottish Land Commission

Report: The Case for Change: A New Approach to Assessing the Benefits of the Productive Reuse of Land(April 2020)

Report sets out a case for change, introducing a new approach to assessing the full economic benefits of the productive reuse of land.

The report considers investing in these sites and bringing them back into productive use which could help play a role in tackling climate change, reducing inequalities, improving well-being and delivering inclusive growth.

Reuse of Land Final Case for Change Report

Scottish Land Commission

Case Studies on transforming vacant and derelict land in Scotland

Examples of sites brought back to use, also referenced against national outcomes and indicators used.

Case Studies

Contact

Email: Community.Empowerment@gov.scot

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