- 3 June 2020

The voluntary and social enterprise sector alongside the social investment sector have come together to urge Government to act now to extend SITR through the upcoming Finance Bill. 

In a letter to the Treasury, they write that a short extension of the relief to April 2023 is critical for channelling capital to social enterprises and charities particularly as they will be first responders to the COVID-19 economic recovery.

In the letter, they write:

"These two years will also give us the breathing space to consider the replacement of the tax relief with something more ambitious which can turbocharge the levelling up agenda and increase investment into these unique forms of business that have a positive social and environmental impact in their communities.

With the appropriate adjustments and with government, social enterprises, investors and experts working together we can develop something even more impactful. But we need time to do this. Given the focus on grappling with COVID-19, we simply do not have enough time to repeal an existing relief and get something new on the books."

"Removing the tax relief during this period of economic uncertainty will send the wrong signals to the market and will put at risk capital that has already been committed to investing into social enterprises, charities and voluntary organisations."

You can read the full letter here.


There are 33 signatories to the letter including:

Seb Elsworth, CEO, Access: The Foundation for Social Investment
Matthew Mckeague, CEO, Architectural Heritage Foundation
Oliver Hunt, Associate, Bates Wells
Danyal Sattar, CEO, Big Issue Invest
Stephen Muers, Interim CEO, Big Society Capital
Michelle Giddens, co-CEO, Bridges Fund Management
Ed Siegel, CEO, Charity Bank
Emma Bridge, CEO, Community Energy England
Dave Boyle, Director, Community Shares Company
James Proctor, Programme Manager, Community Shares Scotland
Tim Coomer, Business Development Manager, Co-operative & Community Finance
James Wright, Policy Officer, Coops UK
Jason Nuttall, Programme Director, Crowdfunder UK
Caroline Mason, CEO, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
Lisa Ashford, CEO, Ethex
Sarah Gordon, CEO, Impact Investing Institute
Neil Pearson, Partner, Mills & Reeve
Karl Wilding,CEO,NCVO
John Pepin, CEO, Philanthropy Impact & Secretariat
James Alcock, CEO, Plunkett Foundation
Vidhya Alakeson, CEO, Power to Change
Daniel Brewer, CEO, Resonance
Lucy Findlay, Managing Director, Social Enterprise Mark
Colin Jess, Director, Social Enterprise Northern Ireland
Chris Martin, CEO, Social Enterprise Scotland
Peter Holbrook, CEO, Social Enterprise UK
David Hutchison, CEO, Social Finance
Alastair Wilson, CEO, School for Social Entrepreneurs
Nick Temple, CEO, Social Investment Business
Alastair Davis, CEO, Social Investment Scotland
Ben Carpenter, CEO, Social Value UK
Bevis Watts, CEO, Triodos Bank UK
Mark Norbury, CEO, UnLtd