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MPs called to support crucial social value legislation in last-minute lobby

18 November 2010
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Social entrepreneurs descended on Parliament today to lobby their MPs to support the Public Services Bill, which gets its second reading tomorrow

It is the place that gave birth to the term lobbying and today the main lobby of the Houses of Parliament was inundated with social entrepreneurs calling for their MP to back crucial legislation, which has its second reading in Parliament tomorrow.

The legislation is the Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill and it gets debated at 9.30am tomorrow – serendipitously a day after Social Enterprise Day.

Sponsored by private member, Tory MP Chris White, the bill could transform public procurement by forcing local authorities to have a strategy around social enterprise and consider what extra social value could be created when procuring public services.

Shelley Renwick, a community development officer from Better CIC in Coventry, travelled to London today because she sees the opportunities the bill could create for her organisation, which supports the development of local tradespeople and has some small local authority contracts.

Renwick said: ‘We don’t have the money to be pay someone to be working on public sector bids full time so to have the public sector forced to look at social value is really key.’

Policy officer at Social Firms, Di Cunliffe, said it was ‘essential’ to raise the issue with MPs.

‘We need to take social value into account with any public commissioning and procurement especially at a time when budgets are cut, we need more value for every pound spent by the public purse,’ she said.

The Social Enterprise Coalition, which has worked with White on the bill, made a point of highlighting the £141bn spent by government on purchasing goods and services every year with a photo shoot before heading into parliament.

Social Enterprise understands that the bill has the support of government and has been discussed with all departments. It also has the support of the Labour party.

The main threat to the bill is that it will be debated on a Friday, when many MPs are in their constituencies rather than Parliament, so any dissenting voices will carry more weight.

Around 40 supporters asked to see their MPs, although most of the MPs where not available to come down to the lobby. Letters of support for the bill where left by the social entrepreneurs for their MPs.

 

Social Enterprise will report on the progress of the Bill tomorrow

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