Briefing: The UK Shared Prosperity Fund
What needs to change?
We are calling for the government to:
- End the UKSPF cliff edge. Scrap the delay for employment and social exclusion programmes through the UKSPF in order to meet the 2030 missions in the Levelling Up White Paper.
- Involve communities and civil society in UKSPF investment plans. Give civil society and communities a real voice in the UKSPF by requiring lead authorities to consult with them on the design and delivery of programmes through local advisory groups that contain representatives from charities, community groups, and faith groups.
For Levelling Up to succeed, it needs to meet the public’s expectations by tackling embedded social issues which are restricting people’s opportunities all over Britain. The Levelling Up White Paper correctly pointed out that these issues are deep-rooted, requiring time, effort, and engagement with communities to tackle. The cliff edge could undermine the government’s ability to do exactly that, and delay vital progress for marginalised people and left behind places.