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Stone King’s response to the recent ‘social value in government procurement’ consultation

Social Value is now an established concept in the commissioning of public services, though there is still a long way to go for it to become as central as it should be. The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, has been the main stimulant to progression in the UK, though Social Value was already promoted in public procurement law under the European Commission’s Social Business Initiative. The latest development is the proposition that Central Government should follow Local Government in placing priority on developing Social Value principles and a Cabinet Office public consultation on this subject finished on 10 June.

Stone King’s Julian Blake, a Partner in the Charity & Social Enterprise Team sought to highlight some specific key points in its submission to the consultation, and these are detailed here.

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