UK Shared Prosperity Fund
ERSA is continuing our work shaping and influencing UKSPF employment and skills provision.
In the absence of a consultation ERSA developed a survey for ERSA members, consulted DWP, MHCLG and the Department of Education, an opportunity for the employment support sector to input and influence. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) COVID-19 Survey 2020 closed in August 2020 with key findings shared with key stakeholders and the working group. ERSA plans to go back out to the organisations who originally took part in this to ask some follow up questions on current funding end dates, case study evidence.
In January 2021 the UK government announced some more details about how the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, the replacement for the European Social Fund following Britain’s departure from the European Union, will work in practice. Stephen Barclay, the UK Treasury Secretary, has set out the government’s plans to bypass the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly and replace European structural funds with a centrally-controlled fund, following previous years in which the devolved administrations have controlled their own funds within this year. Mr Barclay said that the Shared Prosperity Fund would be a UK project, aimed at "levelling up" areas in most need, and that the specific details of distribution would become clear in the next spending review.
In the November 2020 Spending Review, the Chancellor announced that £220m will be allocated in 2021-22 to help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. They also announced that further details of the UKSPF will be set out in a ‘UK-wide investment framework,’ which the government has said is due to be published in the Spring. It is likely that more details will also be published as part of the UK budget, scheduled for Wednesday 3 March. You can read more about these developments here.
ERSA members wishing to join the ERSA UKSPF Working Group should email the ERSA Team via [email protected] with any experience or information that might be relevant.
The report is here Sharing Prosperity: Building Better Employment Support for the UK.
Sponsored by The Salvation Army and Shaw Trust, the report details how the UK has benefited from European Social Fund (ESF) support.
Over 1.1 million people have gone into work after leaving a programme supported by ESF during the last round of funding (2014-2019) making a big dent in the UK unemployment figures. Read the full press release here.
This report is a great start and has already been used to influence politicians, but the work doesn’t stop there.
If we are to be successful in securing the on-going funding ERSA members need to continue the life changing work they do using the current ESF funding our campaign must continue.
In the coming months we need to:
Complete a further research project to evidence what could be lost if ESF isn’t replaced
Produce a follow-up paper using the outcomes of the research
Run a serious of regional events to engage with local providers and commissioners
Hold roundtable meetings with ministers and government officials to shape the future of funding
Provide commissioners with the evidence of what could be lost and what could be done better.
To do the above we need organisations like yours to support this campaign. We are asking you to join our fighting fund through donations of £100 upwards. This will make a real difference and allow this vital work to continue. Donate now.
We have already had pledges and donations, taking our running total to £2,200. Contributors include Fed Cap and Belina. All contributions will be recognised in future reports and you will be helping to shape the future of government funded employment support.
On #GivingTuesday a fundraising page has been set up and if you donate through the ERSA PayPal Giving site between Tuesday 3 December and 31 December, PayPal will donate an extra 10% of your donation (terms and conditions apply). Importantly, through this site, ERSA will receive 100% of your donation to support this vital campaigning work. Donate now.
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