Shared Prosperity Fund campaing for local control

Locality, Co-operatives UK and The Plunkett Foundation are leading the Communities in Charge campaign, a coalition of local people, community groups, businesses and local organisations which are calling for communities to be given full decision-making powers on how the Shared Prosperity Fund (SPF) is spent locally. The government has pledged to launch the SPF after Brexit to replace EU structural funding for economic development. The Communities in Charge campaign outlines the “real danger that the funds will follow spending patterns which benefit already prosperous areas, and be managed by unaccountable business networks which aren’t always responsive to communities’ needs”.

The Campaign argues that the Shared Prosperity Fund must be designed to tackle inequality and to support grassroots activity which benefit areas which have often been overlooked, and makes the case for communities to be put in charge, calling for:

  • Resources to be made available to the people and places which need it most;
  • Local people to scrutinise all spending decisions through a dramatic increase in accountability, including citizen panels;
  • At least a quarter of the fund to go directly to local people to invest in their own priorities for the economy.

The campaign sets out its case along with the policy detail and evidence supporting it in this report:

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