ERSA's work on UKSPF

Since the 2017 Conservative Manifesto announced the creation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, ERSA has been campaigning for a seamless transition to this new funding regime. Through several policy recommendations, forums and campaigns, ERSA has represented the employment support sector when attempting to shape and influence UKSPF employment and skills provision.

What have we got to lose?

ERSA members will be aware that we wrote on behalf of members to Michael Gove and Lisa Nandy raising the sector’s concerns at the lack of clarity on replacement for European Funded Employment and Skills provisions. On 20 January we received a letter from Neil O’Brien Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Levelling Up, the Union and Constitution. We are also in conversation with Lisa Nandy’s team.
Separate to the work around the letter, we have decided to produce a portfolio of case studies of European funded employment provisions entitled “What have we got to lose”. 
We are asking all ERSA members and their supply chain contacts to send us evidence by Thursday 27 January, 5pm. Please find the time to do this, we want to make a strong case.

Download the template here

This is NOT a questionnaire; the template is for you to use to structure your input.
If you have photos of delivery, please share those too, ERSA will be producing a digital portfolio and we want to make it as attractive as possible.

Share your delivery photos by uploading here
“What have we got to lose” will be sent to key UKSPF decision makers, ERSA will also be encouraging you to send this to your MPs, devolved commissioners, LEPs etc with your own covering letter. 
Please get behind ERSA’s work.

Letters to Ministers regarding UKSPF and Levelling Up White Paper

In December 2021, ERSA wrote to the Secretary, and Shadow Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove and Lisa Nandy, to air our concerns over the Government’s forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper. The letter itself argued for new funding to at least match previous European funding, some clarity over how the fund will be commissioned, who will control it and to avoid a gap in funding so providers of important services are not lost. The Independent reported on ERSA’s concerns as did the London Economic and FENews also gave ERSA a platform to make this case. Read ERSA’s open letters to Michael Gove and Lisa Nandy.

Sharing Prosperity: Building Better Employment Support for the UK

In November 2019, ERSA launched 'Sharing Prosperity: Building Better Employment Support for the UK', a report with evidence and recommendations from the sector on how monies from the EU could be replaced with a new fund. Sponsored by The Salvation Army and Shaw Trust, the report details how the UK has benefited from European Social Fund (ESF) support. The full report can be read here.


In July 2019, ERSA and NCVO wrote a joint letter to the new Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, emphasising the importance of a replacement for the European Social Fund post-Brexit. The letter calls for clarity on the proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund and is co-signed by 100 Chief Executives of charities and businesses across the UK. Read the letter in full and view the list of signatories here.

Since then, ERSA and the NCVO reconvened their forum on UKSPF, which allowed a variety of organisations to agree on actions to take as a group linking UKSPF messaging to the Levelling Up agenda and the White Paper.

Community Renewal Fund Forum

The UK Community Renewal Fund will provide £220 million additional funding to help places across the UK prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. This Fund aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches and will invest in skills, community and place, local business and supporting people into employment. ERSA launched its Community Renewal Fund Forum in January 2022, bringing together local authority leaders, Community Renewal Fund project organisations and ERSA members to collaborate and share best practice.

Register and join us on 27 January. 

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