Author Archives: Social Finance UK

Of Ants and Aphids: How can our market make the most of Social Investment Tax Relief?

We are delighted to see that the government has created a level playing field between commercial and social enterprises by setting a rate of 30% income tax relief for the Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR). This is the same level … Continue reading

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Our Response to Social Investment Tax Relief Announcement in Budget 2014

As of 6 April 2014, individual investors in small social enterprises can benefit from the new Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) set at a rate of 30% income tax relief.  This is the same level as the rate for the … Continue reading

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EATING ONE’S CAKE

I have been of the opinion for quite some time that it is possible to achieve substantial social and/or environmental impact alongside market rates of return.  To have one’s fairtrade cake and eat it, so to speak.  Not in all … Continue reading

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Lisbon Calling!

We are delighted to be supporting the Social Investment Laboratory (SI Lab) which launches in Lisbon this afternoon and can be followed on a live stream from 5.30pm (GMT). The SI Lab is a social venture created by the Social … Continue reading

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Energise and Teens and Toddlers Social Impact Bonds – The First Year

In October 2012 Social Finance was awarded two Social Impact Bond (SIB) contracts from the Department of Work and Pensions Innovation Fund. Today we are publishing a report looking at the first year of operations for the Energise and Teens … Continue reading

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Essex – no longer the only way

We are entering the fourth month of our support and engagement contract for Commissioning Better Outcomes[1] on behalf of the Big Lottery Fund. So far we’ve held 4 workshops, and spoken to over 100 commissioners and service providers who have … Continue reading

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HM Treasury Has “Stopped, Looked and Listened”

HM Treasury released on 10 December key detail on the proposed Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR).  Our impression is that HM Treasury has spent time listening to social enterprises and charities and their needs, as well as to intermediaries as … Continue reading

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Commissioning Better Outcomes – the first few months

With the first quarter of our Commissioning Better Outcomes support contract drawing to a close, it seems like a good time to reflect on activities so far. To recap,  Big Lottery Fund appointed Social Finance in partnership with the Local … Continue reading

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Development Impact Bonds Debut in NYC

New York City: Social impact investors, leaders of non-governmental organizations, and development specialists gathered at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City this week to learn about Development Impact Bonds (DIBs), a new financial instrument that aims to tap private sector … Continue reading

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Social investment is not an asset class, it’s a mindset

If we want to truly change the world, we need to start thinking bigger; we need to start seeing social investment as something that is relevant to all of our financial activity; we need a new mindset. “In today’s globalized … Continue reading

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