We welcome the fact that the government is considering trying to use its buying power to increase social value. If this is to be achieved successfully it will not only be a better outcome for those that the contract delivers for, but it will also help to achieve wider societal and environmental benefits for all.
The government recently invited responses to proposals for how it should take account of social value in the award of central government contracts.
For our own response, we consulted with our network of accredited social enterprises – thanks to those who attended our focus group to share their thoughts and experiences of public sector procurement, which we fed into our final response.
We look forward to hearing the Government response to the consultation in due course.