Social Enterprises

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 27th July 2018.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how they are working to promote social enterprise.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

HMG has had a longstanding policy to support social enterprises, as an important part of a growing economy and a stronger society. Current areas of focus include:

  • The forthcoming Civil Society Strategy will put social enterprises at the core of civil society and address strengthening the impact of the Social Value Act.
  • The Crown Representative for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sectors will ensure that social enterprises have a powerful voice in both commissioner and supplier communities.
  • In June the Minister for the Cabinet Office announced a package of measures for the future of public service delivery which will increase the focus on social value in public procurement.
  • We also continue to support and promote public service mutuals, many of which are social enterprises, and social enterprise awareness campaigns such as Social Saturday.

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