Data shows the government must do more to support VCSEs

07.01.19

Medium charities winning 1 in 10 suitable public sector contracts

“Tussell’s latest data on public sector contracts won by Community Interest Companies (CICs) on behalf of Social Enterprise UK has found that despite government’s commitment to opening up public sector contracts to a range of providers, the number of social enterprises winning public sector contracts has fallen to its lowest level for two years.”

The Civil Society reported:

The analysis found that these organisations won fewer but larger contracts in 2018. It found that just 1 per cent of contracts marked for VCSEs were won by CICs in the first half of 2018.

Charlie Wigglesworth, deputy chief executive of Social Enterprise UK, said the data shows the government must do more to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSEs).

“More needs to be done by the government to signal to procurement teams that social enterprises should be taken seriously when they are bidding for contracts. “This will also influence major suppliers and encourage them to do more to work with social enterprises.”