Social Value — one year on

Cabinet Office reports on a year of social value

31st January 2014: The Cabinet Office has published ‘The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012: One Year On‘. Birmingham and the West Midlands feature prominently as examples of good practice and innovative approaches to achieve social value.

The report confirms that the government’s approach will continue to be one of light-touch guidance, with commissioners continuing to have considerable flexibility and ‘freedom from the centre’ in how they approach social value.

It also acknowledges that progress has not been uniform, however, and suggests that there will in the coming year be more support for public authorities that are struggling to implement the legislation.