Skip to main content

Local Authorities: Non-Profit Making Associations

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department’s initiatives to encourage local authorities to support social enterprise; and if she will make a statement. (156939)

The Government recognise the current and potential role of social enterprises and the wider third sector. One of the key strands in the National Procurement Strategy for Local Government (October 2003) was to encourage councils to work with the third sector. A final report setting out the achievements of local government against the strategy is due to be published later this year.

Local Enterprise Growth Initiative bids in both rounds one and two featured proposals around social enterprise. A feasibility study into a possible evaluation is currently under way.

The comprehensive spending review announced our future public service agreements (PSAs). Through PSA “Delivery Agreement 21: Build more cohesive, empowered and active communities”, the subset of six indicators includes measurement of a thriving third sector of which social enterprise is part. Through this indicator we will measure an index of regular formal volunteering and the number of full-time equivalent staff the third sector employs.