Government to review social value Act

Third Sector online has just announced that the government is planning a review of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 to see whether it might be extended — for example, to cover the public purchase of goods, rather than only services, as the Act currently stipulates.

The Cabinet Office working group will be led by Lord Young, the PM’s adviser on enterprise, and will include Chris White MP, who introduced the original Private Member’s Bill which led to the Act, Hazel Blears MP, and Michael O’Toole, the first and now outgoing crown representative for the Voluntary Sector.

The review will invite comments and submissions and report in 2015.

Interestingly, amongst those quoted by Third Sector, Neil Cleeveley, acting CEO of NAVCA, says, “We want the social value act extended to cover all contracts, something they have already managed in Birmingham.”

This is perfectly true but probably still not widely known. As well as being amongst the first to adopt an explicit social value policy, Birmingham City Council also committed itself to applying the social value legislation as widely as possible — to goods as well as services, and to all contract values, not just those above the EU thresholds.

I believe that the work currently being undertaken by the Centre for Citizenship, Enterprise & Governance — which we reported on in this report (p.5) — may be connected with the government’s review.

Interesting times. Watch this space.

Read more materials about social value

Birmingham City Council and social value

→ Useful resources

→  Social value — one year on

Key findings from two years’ work

→ All blog post tagged ‘social value’

Birmingham UK. Freelance research, evaluation and policy consultant specialising in social enterprise and the third sector. I maintain the BSSEC blog and website

Leave a Reply