Published: 12th Mar 2019

The government has announced plans to change the way it awards public sector contracts to help more social enterprises and small firms bid for them. At a summit yesterday in London, ministers said more government contracts will be awarded on the basis of social impact, as part of plans to ensure that a third of Whitehall contracts will go to small and medium-sized businesses by 2022. Issues such as the employment of disabled people, the use of small businesses, climate change and the prevention of modern slavery will all become key factors in one of the ‘biggest changes in public procurement in recent years’. ‘Every year, the government spends £49bn with external organisations and it is morally right that we make sure none of that money goes to any organisations who profit from the evil practices of modern slavery,’ said chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, David Lidington. ‘Similarly, it is … (To read the full article, subscribe below)