We've proved that considering social value in public procurement can work, now – post-Carillion – the UK government must have the courage to help it reach its full potential, says the author of the Social Value Act.
Social enterprise should be moved out of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), says Social Enterprise UK. It also calls for reform of the Social Value Act.
The minister for charities, volunteering and social enterprise loses his seat in the UK general election but a social enterprise stalwart is newly installed as a member of parliament in the north of England.
Northern Ireland wants to follow England and Wales by introducing a law to ensure that public services commissioners consider wider social, economic and environmental benefits of the contracts they award.
To what extent are councils in the UK considering social value? Research from Social Enterprise UK reveals all. Elsewhere, a new survey analyses the social enterprise sector in the Netherlands and The Big Issue in Australia celebrates a big birthday.