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Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Chris White
Lord Newby

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 c.3 09.03.2012

Latest news on the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 8 March. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

The Bill aims to strengthen the social enterprise business sector and make the concept of 'social value' more relevant and important in the placement and provision of public services.

Key areas

  • places a duty on the Secretary of State to publish a 'national social enterprise strategy' to encourage engagement in social enterprise
  • amends Section 4 of the Local Government Act 2000 so that local authorities are required to include in their sustainable community strategy proposals for promoting engagement with social enterprise in their area. They must also include a statement of the measures suggested to enable social enterprise to participate in implementing these proposals
  • requires local authorities, when entering into public procurement contracts, to give greater consideration to economic, social or environmental wellbeing during the pre-procurement stage.

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