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Trafford Social Enterprise Named in Government Review of Social Value Act

Trafford based Social Enterprise CleanStart has been highlighted as an example of national best practice in the Governments Reviews of the Social Value Act, published last week.

The CleanStart scheme, which was set up with Trafford Housing Trust in 2008, employs ex-offenders from within the local view to them moving into permanent employment or further training following an initial six month placement. CleanStart was highlighted in the review for taking on more than 40 prolific offenders who were employed in property cleaning and house clearance roles.

The passing of the 2012 Social Value Act requires all public sector bodies to consider social benefits to local communities, rather than just cost, when awarding contracts to public services, opening up opportunities for Social Enterprises to bid for contracts.

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Hazel Blears MP said: “CleanStart is a really inspiring example of how the Social Value Act has helped to transform people’s lives. I’m proud that Greater Manchester is leading the way on this but I’m convinced we can secure even more benefits for our communities if we continue to raise awareness of the idea of Social Value.”

The review group which produced the report was chaired by Lord Young, the Prime Minister’s adviser on enterprise, and as well as Ms Blears.

18th February 2015