The author of the Social Value Act, Chris White has written this review of the Act's effect on public sector spending. In this report he recommends that:

  • The Act needs to be extended to all public spending, and also to decision making.
  • The Act needs to be strengthened requiring commissioners to “account for” not just “consider” social value.
  • Social value needs to be included in devolution deals.
  • These changes need to be supported by clearer statutory guidance by central government.
  • A biennial State of Social Value Audit conducted independently but with the support of the Government.

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