Policy Statements and Initiatives
Cabinet Office: The Cabinet Office announced a further two departments undertaking 'Capability Reviews' - HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs – which will consider their capability in three key areas: leadership, strategy and delivery.
In addition, the National School of Government's Sunningdale Institute has been commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the programme as a whole, exploring the process & impact and recommending how it might develop at the next stage.
HM Treasury's Capability Review will take place after the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 and the findings of both reviews will be published this winter.
DH: Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis has announced the opening of a 4-year £73m Social Enterprise Investment Fund for health and social care intended to set up & build social enterprises that meet specific needs and provide services that will benefit local communities.
The Fund will offer loans, grants and equity capital (or a mixture of these). It will support organisations which are, or are aiming to become, social enterprises delivering one or more health and/or social care services. The closing date for the current round of proposals is 31st October 2007 and the next call for proposals will be announced later this year.
One of the key features of these schemes is that they reinvest surpluses into the community they serve or the services they provide. This means that in addition to improving services, they can also help with the wider regeneration of communities.