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It is one year since the publication of the independent quadrennial review into Access. We warmly welcomed the review, both because of the positive findings and the open and constructive approach taken by the panel. In our response, we spelt out several actions we would take, both as a direct result of the review and […]
Over the weekend, government launched the long-awaited consultation on Dormant Assets. This will determine how dormant assets funding, the forgotten assets from long-lost bank accounts and insurance policies, will be spent in future. With at least £880 million of new money for good causes in the UK on the table – this is a once […]
An independent review, commissioned by DCMS and conducted by NPC, has highlighted how blended finance supports trading charities and social enterprises to increase their impact, build their resilience and reach more people, particularly in underserved communities. The report, based on interviews and data analysis with over 40 organisations, also concluded that there is a well-evidenced […]
Last week’s Stephen Muers, Big Society Capital’s chief executive, outlined more detail about the organisation’s response to the Adebowale Commission on social investment. Alongside championing calls for more subsidy into blended finance structures, he announced that BSC has amended its target rate of return from 4-6% to around 1% after costs, measured over a rolling […]
In February it was announced that Access will receive an additional £20m from dormant assets to extend our support for charities and social enterprises in England. Now known as Enterprise Growth for Communities (EGC), the new programme launches following a detailed consultation process to inform its design. We are grateful to all of the organisations […]
Access has started to make some changes to the way we use our data. Last week was a particular milestone with a new approach to the publication of our quarterly data, using an interactive visualisation platform (PowerBI). Sharing learning and knowledge is central to Access’s approach, and part of our commitment to learning from what […]
This week Ecorys published their most recent evaluation report on the Growth Fund, examining the progress and impact of the programme up to the end of 2020. The Growth Fund is a partnership between The National Lottery Community Fund and Big Society Capital, delivered by Access through a range of social investors., It makes up […]