One year on, has the Social Value Act added any value?

By Jaime Jones

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 came into force at the end of January 2013 and is part of the government’s ‘Big Society’ initiative.

The act sought to encourage commissioners of public services to consider wider economic, social and environmental benefits when defining what they wanted to buy.

The main purpose of the act was to introduce a pre-procurement consultation process that the government hoped would encourage commissioners to think more innovatively, enabling greater collaboration with social enterprises and communities and resulting in maximum value for money in austere times…

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