Civil Servants only ask questions when they know the answer

We noticed the Cabinet Office published the results of a “social value trial” from Harrow Council this week. The trial found suppliers can deliver social value outcomes to the public sector “at almost no extra cost”, that they can be paid to deliver social goods, and that the system should now be used for all local contracts over £100k. The conclusion wasn’t surprising (it’s exactly what it was supposed to be) but it’s still a helpful reminder that the Government has no money left and that it will make private sector suppliers deliver social policy through procurement. No doubt these trials will be referenced a lot in the run up to the Autumn Statement.

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