Please note that all future UKSPF communications for Greater Manchester will be made via this webpage so please ensure you keep checking back for the latest updates.

Page last updated: 1 August 2022

Updates made:

GMCA's Role...Phase 1 section: Links to Greater Manchester Investment Plans for core UKSPF and Multiply adult numeracy programme added

GMCA's Role...Phase 2 section: updated text

Further Information section: New UKSPF Prospectus Additional Information external link added 

Overview

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) is a new three-year domestic fund running from 2022/23 that will replace European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) such as the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). These funds have supported a range of job creation, innovation and skills programmes across Greater Manchester.

Purpose

The aim of the UKSPF is to build pride in place and increase life chances across the UK. This will be achieved through the following UKSPF Investment Priorities, which are linked to the Missions in the Levelling Up White Paper (Gov.uk):

1) Multiply, the new adult numeracy scheme (Skills for Life)

2) Non-Multiply Investment Priorities (also known as Core UKSPF)

  • Communities and Place – strengthening our social fabric and fostering a sense of local pride and belonging and building resilient and safe neighbourhoods;
  • Local Business – creating jobs and boosting community cohesion, promoting networking and collaboration and increasing private sector investment in growth-enhancing activities; and,
  • People and Skills – boosting core skills and supporting adults to progress in work, by targeting adults with no or low-level qualifications and skills in maths, and upskilling the working population, supporting disadvantaged people to access the skills they need to progress in life and into work; supporting local areas to fund local skills needs and supplement local adult skills provision; and reducing levels of economic inactivity and moving those furthest from the labour market closer to employment.

UKSPF investments will also need to demonstrate their contribution to net zero and nature recovery objectives (Gov.uk) and show alignment with the wider funding landscape.

Funding

  • Nationally and within Greater Manchester, European funding is still in place for many skills, employment and business support projects until mid-2023, which is why UKSPF funding ramps up over the three years of the UKSPF programme.
  • Greater Manchester’s UKSPF allocation for the period 2022/23 to 2024/25 is £98,235,287, divided between £83,850,595 of Core / Non-Multiply funding and £14,384,692 for Multiply. The funding breaks down each year as follows:

    2022-23​

    Multiply: £4,348,860​
    Core / Non-Multiply: ​​​£10,176,043​​​
    Total: £14,524,903​

    2023-24​

    Multiply: £5,017,916​​​​
    Core / Non-Multiply: £20,352,086​​​
    Total: £25,370,002​​​

    2024-25​

    Multiply: £5,017,916​​​​
    Core / Non-Multiply: £53,322,466​​​
    Total: £58,340,380

  • In the first two financial years (2022/23 and 2023/24) the UKSPF will focus on Communities and Place and Local Business interventions to boost pride in place. In the third year (2024/25) the fund can also be used to support People and Skills interventions whilst continuing to support Communities and Place and Local Business interventions. 
  • There may be some flexibility however to fund targeted People and Skills provision in 2022/23 and 2023/24 but only where this is a continuing priority for 2024/25 and may be at significant risk of ending due to the tail off of EU funds. This flexibility may only be used where provision is currently delivered by voluntary and community organisations, having regard for the focus of the Fund and available funding.
  • The Multiply adult numeracy scheme will run across all three years from 2022/23 to 2024/25.

GMCA’s role in the UKSPF process

GMCA is the Lead Authority for the UKSPF in Greater Manchester (Gov.uk) so has overall accountability for how the Fund is administered in the city-region.

GMCA has divided the activity required into three main phases: 1) Investment Plan Development and Submission to UK Government; 2) Implementation Plan Development; and finally 3) Delivery.

Phase 1: Investment Plan Development and Submission (April to end July 22)

GMCA was asked to submit a high-level three-year Investment Plan for Greater Manchester to UK Government for both the Multiply adult numeracy scheme and the Non-Multiply / Core UKSPF Investment Priorities (Communities and Place, Local Business and People and Skills).

The deadline for submission of the Multiply Investment Plan was 30 June 2022 and 1 August for the Non-Multiply / Core UKSPF. Links to the two Investment Plans which have been submitted for Greater Manchester can be found below. Please note that all the information in these plans is subject to approval from UK Government.

These two high-level Investment Plans have been developed in consultation with Greater Manchester's ten Local Authorities and a number of other key partners and stakeholders across the private, public and VCSE sectors, including business networks, learning and education providers, MPs and relevant UK Government departments. This builds upon the recent extensive consultation already undertaken for the Greater Manchester Strategy (About Greater Manchester) and the resulting agreed shared commitments, which form the priorities for the Core GM UKSPF activity.

For the Core UKSPF, a Local Partnership Board for Greater Manchester has also been convened in order to provide guidance and advice on the strategic fit and deliverability of the activity funded by the core UKSPF over the next three years. This has been repurposed from the existing Greater Manchester ESIF/SUD Sub-Committee. The Local Partnership Board has met twice during the creation of the Core UKSPF / Non-Multiply Investment Plan and will continue to meet regularly as we move into the Implementation Plan development phase. 

Multiply Investment Plan for Greater Manchester (PDF, 1.2MB)

Core UKSPF Investment Plan for Greater Manchester (PDF, 1.3MB)

Phase 2: Implementation Plan Development (late July / Aug to Oct 22)

Subject to approval from UK Government of the two high-level Investment Plans, we will be looking to conduct wider engagement activity with our partners and stakeholders across the public, private and VCSE sectors in late Summer / Autumn 2022 as we work to develop detailed Implementation Plans for both the Core UKSPF and the Multiply scheme.

These plans will outline – among other things – the funding available against agreed interventions, the associated required outputs and outcomes, and the routes to market and contact information for each intervention.

Details of how people can get involved will be shared via this webpage and through GMCA’s mailing list for UKSPF once they are confirmed over the next few weeks. If you would like to be added to this mailing list for any future updates please email ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk

Further information

FAQ page

UKSPF Prospectus (Gov.uk) - published 13/04/22, last updated 01/08/22

UKSPF Prospectus Additional Information (Gov.uk) - NEW - published 19/07/22

UKSPF Allocations (Gov.uk)

Levelling Up White Paper (Gov.uk)

If you have any queries, please email: ukspf@greatermanchester-ca.gov.uk