Social value, housing associations and the Procurement Bill

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The Procurement Bill in the Queen’s Speech hammers home the need for housing associations and public bodies to take into account social value when procuring work, but a lack of consistency in measuring it may prove challenging, argues Steve Cooper

According to the Queen’s Speech, public procurement is being reformed to make procurement “more simple, transparent and accessible to better meet the country’s needs” and enable small businesses and voluntary, charitable and social enterprises to compete for public contracts.

As the government repeatedly says, this reform is a result of Brexit. The Green Paper, Transforming Public Procurement, suggests that “meeting the country’s needs” is seen in terms of “public benefit” and, in turn, “social value.”

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