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Government policy and funding round-up: September 2023

An update on our influencing work, government policy and funding announcements.

To stay up to date with what’s happening in parliament and how it might impact charities, see our regular inside track round-up.

New energy performance regulations

New regulations are going to be introduced to improve the energy performance of buildings. This could have an impact on both charity landlords and tenants.

We welcome measures to improve building efficiency. This is an important step to address climate change and help manage energy bills. However, it’s important for us to know if charities need support.

We want to hear from you if:

  • you’re a charity renting out non-domestic space for over 6 months. What are the barriers stopping you from improving your energy rating?
  • you’re renting. Have you experienced rent rises because of your landlord making improvements?

Email us at

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

We’re working closely with ERSA and a coalition of over 35 employment and skills organisations to influence the delivery and future of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF).

The SPF was intended to replace EU structural funding but has left significant gaps in services. This is due to delayed introduction, much shorter timescales, and much lower levels of funding.

If your organisation has experience delivering EU-funded or SPF-funded services, we want to hear from you. Email us at

Autumn Statement

The Autumn Statement will be announced on 22 November.

We’re working with the Civil Society Group, including Charity Finance Group, to make a submission to the Treasury.

Sign up for email updates, and follow us on X (Twitter) and LinkedIn to stay up to date with our policy asks.

Underfunded public services

Charities are an essential part of our public services system. However, many organisations are finding it harder and harder to deliver these services. This is because inflation is quickly outstripping the value of grants and contracts.

We recently launched a survey to gather data from the sector. Thank you to everyone who took part ‒ we received more than 300 responses.

We’re now analysing the results and will publish our findings later this year. We’ll use the results to make the case to government for fully funding the services communities rely on.

Repayable finance

We recently submitted evidence to the Treasury Committee inquiry on repayable finance for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

We argued that repayable finance won’t be right for all charities and voluntary organisations. But in cases where it could help increase capacity and impact, organisation should be able to access finance that meets their needs.

We called on government to improve voluntary organisations’ access to finance by:

  • increasing mainstream banks’ referrals to social investors
  • supporting increased awareness of social investment
  • encouraging mainstream banks to learn from social investment
  • increasing support for investment readiness grants
  • ensuring that social investment providers can access any loan guarantee schemes.
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