The Social Investment Forum members advocate to ensure the social investment market can work effectively, for investors, intermediaries and social enterprises and charities on the frontline. 

What has this work to date meant in practice?

  • co-ordinated joint responses to government consultations
  • joint letters on specific issues to advocate for changes to social investment regulation
  • inviting key government officials / experts to share information + take questions
  • helping broker joint social investment fringe events at party conferences
  • circulating policy briefings and papers to share up-to-date knowledge
  • liaising with partner organisations to support their policy work

Recent successes include campaigning for amendments to the Financial Services Bill to allow regulators to recognise the different objectives and nature of social investment in the way they act (see articles in Third Sectorand Civil Society), and being central to the recent introduction of the Social Investment Tax Relief.


The Budget: sector calls for independent chair for social enterprise review

Published on Friday, 21 March 2014

Responding to today’s Budget, a group of leading organisations have welcomed the Government’s commitment to review the finance barriers facing social enterprises.


Social investment amendments to the Financial Services Bill

Published on Friday, 21 March 2014

The amendments, that support social investment, were passed yesterday in the House of Lords.


Fair tax reliefs for social enterprises

Published on Friday, 21 March 2014

While pegged as the ‘budget for business’ it is not as clear that this is a budget for social business. We welcome the ‘debut’ use of the term social enterprise in a budget – and it is now up to us to ensure that we make the very most of the opportunity a financial review for social enterprise presents.

As for the rest of the budget it is a mixed bag: on the surface there are initiatives and schemes to improve access to affordable finance for smaller businesses, and incentives for young people setting up enterprises. However, many of the lending initiatives do not really address the needs of start ups and specifically social start ups. More specifically though, we are disappointed the CITR reforms are not as far reaching as we hoped for.



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