Social value and public procurement — a legal guide

By Gayle Monk

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 represented a step-change for some public bodies that were nervous about seeking to achieve social, environmental or wider economic ends through their procurement activity.

For others, it was business as usual as this was already something they had embedded into their procurement practices.

Whether you are new to seeking social value through contracts or feel this is something you are already achieving, it’s important to know how to get it right: how to seek the best possible value for money (in its widest possible sense) from every penny of public money spent, while still acting within the law and minimising the risks of legal challenge by failing to act transparently or fairly…

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