Government announces £80m ‘Life Chances Fund’

https___www_gov_uk_government_uploads_system_uploads_attachment_data_file_534336_CO-SIB-Life_Chances_Application_Form_Guidance_Notes-040716_pdfThe Cabinet Office has just today announced that as part of the Prime Minister’s life chances strategy a new £80m Life Chances Fund has been opened and will continue for the next nine years.

The fund is described as a “top-up fund” for locally developed Social Impact Bond (SIB) projects. The aims of the fund are to:

  • Increase the number and scale of SIBs in England.
  • Make it easier and quicker to set up a SIB.
  • Generate public sector efficiencies by delivering better outcomes and using this to understand how cashable savings are.
  • Increase social innovation and build a clear evidence-base of what works.
  • Increase the amount of capital available to a wider range of VCOs and social enterprise and enable them to compete for public sector contracts.
  • Provide better evidence of the effectiveness of the SIB mechanism and the savings that are being accrued; and
  • Grow the scale of the social investment market.


The fund will operate through thematic “call-outs”, the first two being drug and alcohol dependency; and children’s services.

You can read more about the fund and its operation and purpose here.

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