Promoting social value in public procurement

Chris White, MP for Warwick and Leamington, has been made the first official Social Value Ambassador by the government. The MP will be working closely with local authorities and the voluntary sector to raise awareness of the Public Services (Social Value) Act, which he initiated. Announcement.

The legislation aims to encourage local authorities and other commissioners to procure services in such a way as to improve the economic, social and environmental well-being of the relevant area.

Solicitors Bates Wells Braithwaite and social economy news site Pioneers Post have published ‘The Social Value Act Quick Guide‘, a “ten minute digest” of the legislation and its potential impact, the opportunities and challenges, and signposting to further information. In issuu and pdf formats – latter is 1MB – or news item.