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Start Up and sustainability: marketisation and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in England

Hall, Kelly and Alcock, Pete and Millar, Ross (2012) Start Up and sustainability: marketisation and the Social Enterprise Investment Fund in England. Journal of Social Policy, 41 (04). pp. 733-749. ISSN 0047-2794

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URL of Published Version: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8680621

Identification Number/DOI: doi:10.1017/S0047279412000347

Since the end of the last century governments in many western welfare regimes have been keen to promote the marketisation of public service delivery. This requires changes in the supply of, and demand for, alternative providers in this market, and in particular for many
governments this has included third sector providers. This article examines the attempt by the UK Labour government to promote the supply of social enterprises in the market for health and social care services in England, through the Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF), introduced in 2007. The article reports on research evaluating the effectiveness of the SEIF, employing a ‘theories of change’ approach, drawing on a mix of administrative and survey data, qualitative interviews and case studies. The research found that although the SEIF had significant benefits in supporting the start up and growth of organisations, its contribution to their longer-term sustainability was more mixed as most were dependent on grants as a main source of income and were not in a position to compete for public sector contracts. This suggests that there may be limits to the role that public investment can play in such market
making.

Type of Work:Article
Date:04 July 2012 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:Health Services Management Centre, Third Sector Research Centre
Subjects:H Social Sciences (General)
RA Public aspects of medicine
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:Cambridge University Press
ID Code:1359
Refereed:YES
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