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  • Future of UK Shared Prosperity Funds must be clear as we approach the Autumn Statement

    Created: 24/11/2023
    News/Events Category: Employability
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    The TSI Scotland Network is calling on the UK Government to ensure that there is not a gap in funding when the Shared Prosperity Fund arrangements end in March 2025. 

    Recent research was undertaken by the Network with the Chief Officers of Third Sector Interfaces (TSIs) in Scotland regarding their experiences of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which was distributed by local authorities and replaced a number of former European funds.  

    The research identified that third sector organisations and local communities benefited from the funding, however, there were challenges linked to the involvement of local charities and community groups in decision making linked to the Fund. 

    The recommendations from the research report include:

    • Ensuring that the existing funding arrangements are continued until a new programme comes on stream
    • Giving local authorities more guidance about the involvement of the third sector
    • A call for more flexibility with the funding in future, and for a longer timescale for the fund to ensure local projects have security

    Dr Lesley Kelly from Midlothian TSI said

    "Our research identified that third sector organisations in Scotland had benefited from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and we have been able to gather some excellent examples of joint working between TSIs and local authorities. However, issues emerged linked to the transparency of fund decision making and the involvement of local charities and communities in shaping local plans linked to the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. Building on good practice, we look forward to working with the UK Government, local government and other partners to ensure there is a future for these important funds."

    Click here to read all the research and reports. 

    For further information, contact Lynn Williams, Development Coordinator at TSI Scotland Network by e-mail - [email protected]

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