On 24 September 2020, the government published a summary of responses to the consultation, which stated that a majority of respondents (77%) were in favour of the suggested policy metrics in the proposed model. In the light of this, the government has therefore confirmed that it will be proceeding with the new social value in procurement model.
The key themes and outcomes covered by the model have since been updated by the government to include supporting COVID-19 recovery, tackling economic inequality, fighting climate change and reducing waste, driving equal opportunity and supporting wellbeing. The model will apply to all bidders regardless of their size and type, providing more opportunities for SMEs and social enterprises to win government contracts.
PPN 06/20 provides further details on how the social value model operates and the themes and outcomes covered by it. It applies to procurements covered by the Public Contract Regulations 2015 (SI 2015/102) and to all central government departments and their executive agencies and NDPBs.
PPN 06/20 is effective from 24 September 2020, but the new social value model will only apply to government procurements from 1 January 2021.