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You should act on this - Chris White’s Private Member’s Bill “Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill

Hi Everyone

There's a private members Bill going through Parliament and it has a second reading on Nov 19th, it needs 100 MPs to vote for it and it will probably have an effect on your CIC in one way or another, so please support it if you can.

I have attached a template letter/email for you to send BillLobbyLetter- CIC Association re-draft.doc if the link doesnt work ive also listed it below.

and here's the link to find out your MPs contact details

It's five minutes of your time, but it could mean quite a lot over the next few years for all of us if it gets through.

best regards


Here is an extract from Chris White Posted 7th July 2010

Last week my Private Member's Bill (a chance for backbench MPs to put forward
legislation independent of the Government) was presented to Parliament, titled,
in the peculiar style of the House of Commons legislation, "Public Services
(Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill".

Over the past few weeks many constituents have written to me about this and have
offered their ideas as to what I should put forward - I am very grateful for the
level of interest shown.

One of the things that I am most proud of in our constituency is the strength of
our community and the myriad of voluntary organisations, charities and social
enterprises that thrive here. So when I was deciding what to put forward for my
bill, I wanted to see how best I could support these groups and our community.

I hope that this bill will deliver this support from two angles.

Firstly, the bill seeks to encourage the development of social enterprises
across the country. Social enterprise is a loose term encompassing a range of
community minded organisations that are bound by a shared commitment to focus on
delivering services and goods in a socially responsible way. My bill will make
the Government create a cross-departmental strategy to encourage the growth of
social enterprises. However I am aware that these organisations are often small
scale and tailored to a specific local area and that is why the bill will also
ask local authorities to implement their own strategies to encourage social
enterprises locally.

Secondly, the bill will change the way that the public sector contracts out
goods and services. My bill will seek to have social value - additional benefits
to the community on top of the goods and services already being purchased -
embedded within these contracts. This means we can improve the chances of social
enterprises, voluntary organisations and the third sector being able to
successfully bid for public sector contracts and encourage the private sector to
give greater emphasis on communities when tendering for and delivering these

By both supporting the work of social enterprises and providing greater
opportunity for their work, I hope that my bill will have a real positive impact
on our community and communities across the country. The bill was next come
before the House on 19th November and I'll keep residents updated of its

Draft Letter:

Dear MP,

I am writing in order to ask you to support Chris White’s Private Member’s Bill “Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value) Bill” which is
due to be given a Second Reading on November 19th.

The Bill seeks to put “social value” at the heart of public sector spending.

Social value is the additional benefit that is generated for communities on top of the economic value of goods and services themselves.

For example, a local health campaign will create health benefits for a community. If that campaign procures leaflets and posters from a local business that
hires the long term unemployed, extra social value is created by
stimulating the local economy, promoting social inclusion and
reducing strain on local public services.

Ensuring social value is part of the procurement process will help engage local communities, and it could also lead to long term reductions in the
cost of delivering public services. Given our current economic
situation, ensuring every pound spent makes the biggest impact
possible is both desirable and sorely needed.

Moreover, it would create new opportunities for social enterprise, community interest companies, charities, voluntary sector groups and small businesses to
compete for public sector funding. These organisations already
deliver substantial social value through their activities, and
opening up the procurement process will ensure the best return for
the taxpayers investment.

I hope that you can support this Bill and attend the Second Reading on November 19th.

If you can attend or would like more information please contact Chris White’s Office:
or call 0207 219 7201.

Thank you.

Kind regards,

[insert name]

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Comment by Mike Deacon on November 5, 2010 at 22:49
Done. Hopefully, on a free vote, this will go through, especially on the "Big Society" ticket.
Comment by Jeff Mowatt on November 5, 2010 at 13:46
This could become very interesting in the context of current efforts to persuade government to work with us where they're demonstrating reluctance. I'll add my support certainly.
Comment by John Mulkerrin on November 5, 2010 at 13:07
and a copy of the draft letter :-))
Comment by John Mulkerrin on November 5, 2010 at 13:03
apologies, ive attached a draft from Chris White
duly scolded
John :-)
Comment by Simon Kelly on November 5, 2010 at 12:58
Yes be good to see ,what we are being asked to respond to
Comment by LINDA COB IN THE COMMUNITY on November 5, 2010 at 12:54
Agree with Peter - happy to consider responding but cant access BillLobbyLetter to find out what we might all be responding to. Please can you re post or spill some beans
Comment by Peter Munro on November 5, 2010 at 12:48
Shame on you, John, for such a tantalising, short, and mysterious blog !
Surely if you want people's support, you should tell them what the bill says, and why it's important that they support it.

Without close access to a sponsoring MP it's extremely difficult to discover the content of private member's bills.


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