SPF in Housing Network launched
We’re pleased to open up an invitation to join the new ‘Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) Housing Network’ from today. Communities that Work and Clarion Futures have set up the new Network, focussed on placing social housing at the heart of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. We’ve agreed to collaborate to establish the SPF Housing Network as an online communications and networking platform for the social housing sector to come together on all matters relating SPF. The Network will provide an opportunity to share intelligence, raise the profile of social housing sector in SPF, and show our capacity to collaborate and deliver.
As the UK has left the EU and the transition period has ended, new funding from the EU has ceased. In order to replace it, the Government has pledged to set up the UKSPF to “reduce inequalities between communities”. Very few details on the operation of the Fund have been published so far, although some were released as part of the 2020 Spending Review.
Communities that Work are leading a social housing sector response on UKSPF now, developing a Prospectus for Government to demonstrate the value and impact of working with the social housing sector in the development and delivery of the Fund. Clarion lead the Kickstart in Housing Network and hold significant social fund management expertise. We know that many social housing sector organisations have benefitted from utilising EU funding, particularly ESF and ERDF, and will be seeking new alternative Government funding from 2022. The Network’s foundation membership is drawn from CtW’s membership base and the Kickstart Housing Network, and it’s open to all in the social housing sector to join from today.
We’re hosting the first ‘SPF Housing Network’ Welcome Meeting, online, from 12-1pm on Tuesday 27th July. We hope you can join it, please register in advance for this meeting to secure your place:
Whilst the UKSPF is all about a new social fund, we also learn from existing funds and Communities that Work is pleased to join the next evaluation meeting of the National Lottery Community Fund’s ‘Building Better Opportunities Fund’, led by Ecorys, later this week. We’ll keep our members and subscribers posted on all the learning and opportunity for future social fund programmes which may flow from this current live project experience.