Social Value will be in the May 7th election manifestos

By: InformationDaily.TV video team
Published: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 11:41 GMT Jump to Comments

AnswerTime®- a new WebTV format developed by InformationDaily.TV - invited Hazel Blears MP, Professor Olinga Ta'eed, Jenni Inglis, Phil Loach, Guy Battle and an audience of experts to discuss delivery and measurement of Social Value.

The Social Value Act 2012, a rare example of a private members bill making it onto the statute books has raised the profile of 'social value' and given it a legal standing. 

Now the supporters of social value are determined to ensure that the public sector starts to exploit the Act to return benefits from successful private sector contractors back to their local communities. They are also keen to extend the Act to cover not just services, but also infrastructure projects like HS2, commercial development and house-building.

Hazel Blears MP (Labour, Salford and Eccles) was one of the architects of the Social Value Act, alongside its promoter Chris White MP (Conservative, Warwick & Leamington). Now she is part of the cross-party team convened by the Government under the chairmanship of Lord Young to review the Act. 

“There is a growing momentum behind the idea of public bodies like councils and hospitals, and businesses of all sizes ensuring they provide real benefits for local communities through their services" said Blears, "I was therefore delighted when AnswerTime asked me to debate the idea of Social Value and to talk about how issues like unemployment and poor health can be tackled by these organisations both in their core activities and when awarding contracts.

“Social value is a win-win for everyone" said Blears in an upbeat assessment of its potential. "It has massive potential to ensure that better value-for-money services are provided to improve life for our communities and to boost responsible local firms, social enterprises and charities by helping them to secure work and enhance their reputation.”

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