Government response to "Levelling up our Communities" report

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In June 2020, the Prime Minister commissioned Danny Kruger MP - now the Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities - to develop proposals to sustain the community response to COVID-19 and set out how civil society can contribute to levelling up. The Government has now responded to Danny Kruger's report.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is undertaking a project to improve evidence and data. They will work with the sector to explore how to accurately estimate the economic, social and wellbeing contribution of non-profit activity. DCMS will work with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to bring together economic data on the value of the social economy - a civil society ‘satellite account’ - so that estimates more fully reflect the scope of the sector. Ther Government says it recognises the importance of social value and work is underway to explore a framework to measure the social value of the sector.

From June 2021 contracting authorities must consider three national strategic priorities for public procurement, alongside local priorities, within their procurement activity as set out in the National Procurement Policy Statement. These are:

  • creating new businesses, new jobs and new skills
  • tackling climate change and reducing waste
  • improving supplier diversity, innovation and resilience

The government proposes taking a broad view of value for money to include the improvement of social welfare or wellbeing. This is captured in the “Transforming Public Procurement” green paper, and reflected in changes to Her Majesty’s Treasury’s Green Book.

The full response can be found online and Danyy Kruger's report is attached.