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The review found that the Act is having a positive effect where it is taken up, and that it has clear potential to act as a tool for smarter procurement given the right application. The review also makes recommendations around how to further develop the social value agenda and to move the Act into its next phase of implementation.
In recognition of the positive effect we have seen so far, Lord Young has asked the Minister for the Cabinet Office to prevent the Act’s thresholds from increasing to 750,000 euros for many services when the new Public Contracts Regulations 2015 come into force.
On 26 September 2014 the government announced a review of the Social Value Act.
Lord Young, the Prime Minister’s Adviser on Enterprise, is leading the review, supported by Chris White MP, Hazel Blears MP, the Federation of Small Businesses, and Michael O’Toole, chief executive of Mentor UK.
The review is looking at how the act is working and whether it would be beneficial to extend it. It also looks at how the act might be extended in a way that continues to support small businesses and voluntary, charity and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations to bid for public contracts.
The Social Value Act came into force on 31 January 2013. It applies to public services contracts above the EU threshold for the application of EU procurement rules. The act requires commissioners in England and Wales to think about the value they can secure for their area when buying services at the pre-procurement stage:
- how the services they are going to buy might improve the economic, social or environmental well-being of the area
- how they might secure this improvement
- whether they should consult on these issues
Learn more about the Social Value Act.
The review will report its findings in early 2015.