Link leads the way in social value

Link group is the first Scottish investor in HACT’s social value roadmap, it was announced recently.

Launched in September 2020, the roadmap was developed by the UK Social Value in Housing Taskforce, which comprised of 17 organisations including leaders in, and the regulator for, social housing and international experts in social value.

It will enable the social housing sector to use social value information to improve services, enhance decision-making and increase the impact we make.

Link CEO, Jon Turner, said: “We’re delighted to be the first Scottish housing association to invest in HACT’s social value roadmap.

“A key strand of our values is to be a provider of choice in the delivery of a wide range in excellent, socially inclusive regeneration, housing and support services – and our investment in the roadmap will allow us to effectively measure our performance in this area.”

Andrew van Doorn, chief executive at HACT, added: “In signing up to the social value roadmap, Link has demonstrated its commitment to be at the forefront of social value measurement and implementation.

“As a pioneer in social value reporting in Scotland, the expanded UK Social Value Bank will enable Link to enhance their ESG reporting, while the associated tools will enable them to report their social impact against external performance frameworks.”

In October 2020, HACT and SFHA created a social value toolkit to give Scottish housing associations and co-operatives the resources they need to measure, demonstrate and increase the social value impact of their work in communities.

With the expanded UK Social Value Bank, housing associations will be able to measure their social impact across the sector, including in asset management, development and regeneration, and resident engagement.