British politics might have changed beyond all recognition in the five years since the social value act became law, but as a packed event in the House of Commons last week showed, there is still cross party support for the concept. The event, organised by the all-party parliamentary group on social enterprise and Social Enterprise UK, was held to discuss the future of social value, following the publication of a recent report by the act’s author and former Conservative MP Chris White. Speaking at the event, Mr White said the 2015 review into the act by Lord Young had claimed it was not ‘well understood’ by people in the public sector and that it was ‘not being used in a balanced way across the public sector’. Mr White said that the report also raised questions about how social value can be measured. ‘In the last few years, we’ve seen a … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart