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Charities Committee looks at role of social enterprise and investment


How important is social investment to charities? What are the main advantages of a social enterprise over a charity? What should social investors do to secure returns on investment?

The Lords Select Committee on Charities will examine these issues next Tuesday, 25 October, when representatives from the world of social investment and social enterprise are invited to give evidence.

The Committee has been set up to assess the sustainability of the charity sector, to look at the pressures and challenges they face, and to examine the roles of governments and public bodies.

In the first session at 4.40pm, giving evidence will be Jane Wilson, Lead Practitioner for Learning and Development, City Health Care Partnership, Geoff Burnand, Chief Executive, Investing for Good, and Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive, Social Enterprise UK.

In the second session, at 5.25pm, the witnesses will be Ben Jupp, Director, Social Finance Ltd, Jonathan Jenkins, Chief Executive, Social Investment Business, and Caroline Mason, Chief Executive, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Questions which could be asked include:

  • What are the main advantages of social enterprises compared to charities?
  • How do social enterprises balance their obligations towards investors and recipients?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the Government's social investment policies?
  • What are the main obstacles faced by charities and social enterprises in managing social finance?

The evidence sessions will start at 4.40pm, on Tuesday 25 October, in Committee Room 4A of the House of Lords.

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