The social value act in its current form is too narrow to allow community businesses to compete, says Ailbhe McNabola Earlier this year, then minister for civil society Rob Wilson pledged to look at how the social value act might be improved. The act ‘can help us to improve the quality of public services, achieve wider benefits for the community, and get the greatest value for every pound of public money,’ Wilson said. The promised government review hasn’t materialised yet – like so much else, it was put firmly to one side when the snap election was called – but our new research at Power to Change is calling on officials to widen the reach of the social value act and allow more groups to benefit from contracts. Councils spend millions every year commissioning local services, and the social value act gives them scope to commission for social as well … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Ailbhe McNabola is head of research and policy at Power to Change