Policy paper

Social investment: an introduction to the government's approach

This document and animation explain what social investment is, why government is interested in it and what we are doing to promote it.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The document and animation provide an overview of the government’s approach to social investment.

Social investment: an overview

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.

Published 9 December 2013
Last updated 11 September 2014 + show all updates
  1. Updated document and added short animation.
  2. Publication updated to include links to related organisations.
  3. First published.