This report outlines views on the key issues affecting the social investment market in the UK over the coming decade. It argues that it is crucial that charities are not left behind as politicians and policymakers focus on a grand vision for the future in which it is possible for investors to get both social returns and commercial-rate financial returns. The main thing charities need currently is access to affordable, repayable finance.
The report outlines the issues facing both the supply and demand sides of the market, and some of the challenges these present to policymakers and practitioners. It also makes recommendations for eight principles to guide policymaking on social investment, that would ensure that charities are in a position to harness the potential of this new approach to financing social causes.