Finance: Positive response for social enterprise manifesto

Mathew Little

A local election manifesto from Social Enterprise London calling for social enterprises to play a significant role in service provision has gained a positive response from many boroughs in the capital.

Lambeth, Tower Hamlets, Camden, Croydon, Westminster, Kingston and Redbridge have all supported the manifesto, produced to coincide with tomorrow's local elections.

Kevin Davis, leader of the Conservative opposition on Kingston Council, said: "Were we to win, I would be looking to use the social enterprise model extensively to allow the local authority to be a commissioner, not a provider, of services."

Despite David Cameron's recent embrace of social enterprise, however, Conservative Central Office was more reticent.

"This is a decision for each individual council and would depend on local circumstances," said a spokesman. "It is important to encourage sustainable social enterprises, but there is no one-size-fits-all model."

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