Civil Society

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Get the latest news, findings and research relating to the third sector from the Civil Society Involvement team here on our blog. We want to understand the key issues within the current European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme which are affecting the ability of third sector organisations to use European funds effectively.

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The UK Government has released further updates on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, which will succeed the current European Structural and Investment Funds.

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Low-income families in challenging times

A new study from The Joseph Roundtree Foundation reports on the experiences of low-income families during the second half of the pandemic, facing a cost-of-living crisis and “increasingly uncertain world”.

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The Living Standards Outlook 2022

The Resolution Foundation has released its fourth report on the outlook for living standards in the UK over the next year and beyond, considering household incomes, forecasts from the Bank of England and Office for Budget Responsibility, the conflict in Ukraine and policy changes.

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February update from Civil Society Involvement

Our latest newsletter includes information about the ESF Managing Authority online celebration event on 17th March and an overview of the current information released regarding UK Funding available along with news and information relevant to the Third Sector.

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Growth Programme Board Update – UK Funding

The Growth Programme Board is the overall programme monitoring committee in England for the 2014-2020 European Social Investment Fund (ESIF) programme, the latest meeting held in December included an overview of UK investment programmes, as the Growth Programme Board continues to work closely with local partners through the transition from ESIF Funding.

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European Social Fund (ESF) Case Studies 2021

The latest ESF Case Study booklet has been published to showcase just some of the projects funded by ESF, highlighting the impact and positive difference made to people, communities, and businesses. ESF funding has supported around £1.6million people, with many progressing in life through improving their employability, gaining new skills, move towards and into work.

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Centre for Child and Family Justice Research – Child of the North

This report from The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research examines the inequality between children in the North and the rest of the country and includes research on poverty, pregnancy, child mental wellbeing, physical activity, obesity and food insecurity, schools, care, ethnic minority experiences and more. The findings paint a stark picture of inequality for children growing up in the North of England post-pandemic compared to those in the rest of the country.

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Towns and Cities: Local Power is the Path to Recovery

Ahead of the upcoming Levelling Up White Paper, this House of Lords report examines towns and cities as ‘the beating heart’ of the UK. The report hopes three changes can be made: empowering local leadership to ensure regeneration is locally tailored; supporting towns to ensure blend of retail, housing, workplace, and leisure opportunities; and tackling inequalities through community engagement.

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