The government has committed to strengthening the Social Value Act and to use more voluntary sector organisations to deliver public services.
David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster announced the plans during a speech at the Reform think tank. He confirmed plans to amend the Social Value Act so that all major procurements will have to “explicitly evaluate” the wider value added to society by bidders.
Lidington explained, “We want to see public services delivered with values at their heart, where the wider social benefits matter and are recognised”.
The move is an attempt to rebuild trust following the collapse of Carillion, the construction giant which was a major supplier of services to the government. Many charity bidders will remain unaffected however, because they are likely to be bidding for contracts far smaller than the “major procurements” that the changes will apply to. You can read more on this story here.