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Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012

Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)

Originated in the House of Commons, Session 2010-12

Last updated: 9 March 2012 at 09:44

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Long title

Bill to require the Secretary of State and local authorities to publish strategies in connection with promoting social enterprise; to enable communities to participate in the formulation and implementation of those strategies; to require that public sector contracts include provisions relating to social outcomes and social value; and for connected purposes.


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.


Chris White
Warwick and Leamington
Lord Newby
Liberal Democrat
Life peer

Current version of the Bill

Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012 c.3
9 March 2012

Bill passage

Bill started in the House of Commons
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Bill in the House of Lords
1st reading
2nd reading
Committee stage
Report stage
3rd reading
Final stages
Consideration of amendments
Royal Assent
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