Published: 12th Mar 2012

At Manchester Council social value is now an integral part of procurement and commissioning As the social value bill completes its passage through parliament, Matthew Jackson urges localities to take advantage of the opportunities it presents The public services (social value) bill has completed its passage through parliament and is about to become law. This is a historic moment on a number of counts. First, it is a rare occurrence that a private member’s bill finds its way all the way through parliament. Second, it is a real commitment by government to challenging the barriers in service decision-making often found with European procurement rules. And third, it presents a real opportunity to use the power of spending to influence wider economic, social, cultural and environmental challenges. The contents of the legislation are great news for place stewardship at the local level. For years we have been … (To read the full article, subscribe below)