Government cash will help enterprises tackle health issues

The Government has teamed up with the Social Enterprise Coalition to develop a new fund that will encourage health commissioners to work with social enterprises on problematic health and care issues.

Innovation for Life Challenge Fund, which is funded from the Department of Health’s £100m Social Enterprise Investment Fund, will allow strategic health authorities to bid for up to £100,000 to commission social enterprises for specific projects.

Local partners, including public or private sector organisations, would then be expected to provide further funding equivalent to 25 per cent of each strategic health authority’s bid.

“The Innovation for Life Challenge Fund is testimony to our confidence in social enterprise as part of the solution to commissioning world-class health and social care services,” said Ivan Lewis, the care services minister.

“We hope that this will challenge commissioners to find solutions through social enterprises to long-standing problems that have the potential to lead to social change and improvement in health and wellbeing.”

The Department of Health has also opened the second round of the Social Enterprise Investment Fund, which has £11m capital and £6m revenue funding for health and social care enterprises.

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