Social investment: an introduction to the government's approach
This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
This document and animation explain what social investment is, why government is interested in it and what we are doing to promote it.
The document and animation provide an overview of the government’s approach to social investment.
Social investment provides capital for social organisations to provide social and financial benefits. The investment is repayable, often with interest, and is often used to develop new or existing activities that generate income.
There are around 180,000 social enterprises in the UK. They contribute at least £55 billion to the economy, create jobs and growth and tackle disadvantage.