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Blog | 25 November 2016

Impact assessment is a key part of the social investment due diligence process and should have parity with financial assessment.

Blog | 24 November 2016

The first learning is that you don’t have to go hungry on £2.50 a day.

Blog | 22 November 2016

This week, I’ve joined a few colleagues participating in the Breadline Challenge, living off no more than £2.50 per day for all my food and drink. 

Blog | 16 November 2016

Social investment is an exciting and growing field. More investors are deploying more money in different areas to benefit more people and more communities.

Blog | 11 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED blog series, Caroline Copeman - Principal Consultant & Senior Visiting Fellow for CASS CCE, discusses how boards should consider social investment when developing strategy.

Blog | 10 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED campaign blog series, Kate Sayer - Partner at Sayer Vincent, discusses how charity and social enterprise boards should think about risk when considering social investment. 

Blog | 9 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED blog series, Sarah Atkinson - Director of Policy & Communications at the Charity Commission, highlights how boards should ensure they are making the right decisions when considering social investment. 

Blog | 8 November 2016

*Trustees Week Special* As part of the GET INFORMED blog series, Nick Temple - Deputy CEO of Social Enterprise UK, discusses the demand for social investment. 

Blog | 31 October 2016

Last week saw the relaunch of Key Fund – a social investment intermediary originally based in Yorkshire – offering loans and grant/loan packages to help community and social enterprises start-up, grow and/or become more sustainable. 

Blog | 25 October 2016

As the biggest financial investment you make (apart from a house), you should probably put a lot of thought into which pension to choose.

Blog | 12 October 2016

On 11 October, the Social Investment and Finance team in the Office for Civil Society changed its name and ambition. Now it will be the Government Inclusive Economy Unit with a remit to innovate and contribute to the broader agenda of an economy that works for all. 

Blog | 7 October 2016

Being poor is not just about being unable to afford those ‘nice to have’ things - it’s being forced to pay more for the absolute essentials, such as gas, electricity, banking, household goods and even groceries simply because you are living in poverty. It’s called the ‘poverty premium’ and it is effectively a tax on the poor.

Blog | 6 October 2016

The phrase ‘knowledge is power’ is more relevant now than ever in our high tech, fast-moving and often digitally overloaded world, so it’s interesting the saying is widely attributed to Sir Francis Bacon and dates back to around 1597.

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Blog | 5 October 2016

This year marks 15 years since I started work in the voluntary and community sector.

Blog | 27 September 2016

If you live in poverty in this country, you’re more unlikely to have a bank account. And if you don’t have a bank account, you can’t get a direct debit discount for many of your everyday services and utilities. Is that fair? We don’t think so.

Blog | 26 September 2016

The Commissioning Better Outcomes Fund evaluation is following 10 SIBs part-funded by the fund over their lifetime. One of them is the Worcestershire Reconnections SIB and the first report about the SIB was launched last week.

Blog | 22 September 2016

The energy and ambition you can pull together to improve a locality is amazing.

Blog | 21 September 2016

I knew from the start that if Unforgettable was to succeed it would need to transform the dementia market - and that would take money.

Blog | 21 September 2016

Transparency is a lofty ambition, but one which can be hard to live up to when you are busy in the day-to-day of what you are doing. 

Blog | 20 September 2016

Today is the launch of GET INFORMED – a campaign to help charity and social enterprise boards understand the opportunities and risks of social investment. As part of the launch, we hear from one of our “Faces” – board members who have used or considered social investment – on why boards should GET INFORMED. 

Blog | 16 September 2016

A groundbreaking report came out this week – The Best Countries to be a Social Entrepreneur.

Blog | 13 September 2016

Competitive tendering has not been kind to the local, specialist domestic abuse charities that make up the majority of the Women's Aid Federation. 

Blog | 2 September 2016

The NHS is a world class healthcare system but, like many modern healthcare systems, it is more of a “sick care” system, responding when people become sick to address symptoms and manage illnesses.

Blog | 1 September 2016

Today we are publishing our revised Social Impact Plan which outlines the key areas of activity that we will deliver over the next three years for the social investment market. 

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Blog | 31 August 2016

Today we publish our deal level data up to June 2016, including Big Society Capital’s deals as well as social investment deals made by other investors and arranged by intermediaries which did not receive our investment.