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A passport to social value?

The UK government’s decision to award the passport contract to a Franco-Dutch company is attracting strong criticism from Brexiteers who believe that an icon of British sovereignty should be sourced from a British company. It’s an emotive argument which will surely find a receptive audience, but there is a more compelling reason – The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012. This piece of legislation, enacted by the previous coalition government, requires “public authorities to have regard to economic, social and environmental well-being in connection with public services contracts” and, specifically, to consider “how what is proposed to be procured might improve the economic, social and en

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