Social value bill passes second reading in the Lords

Peers back legislation to make it easier for charities to win public contracts

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The Public Services (Social Value) Bill, which aims to make it easier for charities and social enterprises to win public contracts, has edged closer to becoming law after passing its second reading in the House of Lords.

The private member’s bill, introduced by Chris White, the Conservative MP for Warwick and Leamington, is designed to make public sector commissioners take into account the social value bidders can offer alongside financial considerations.

The second reading of the bill, introduced by the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Newby, included a short debate during which Baroness Stedman-Scott, chief executive of the employment charity Tomorrow's People, and Lord Wei, the government’s former big society adviser, were among those who expressed support for the legislation.

The bill was sent to be considered at committee stage by the whole House of Lords.

A spokesman for White’s office said if there were no further amendments to the bill by peers it could become law within the next month.

In a statement, White said: "This bill is a great opportunity for us to not only spend public money better but also to support voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises across the country."

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