East Suffolk Council has been allocated £2.75m from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to invest across two and a half years in initiatives that will address inequality and contribute to levelling up.

The funding will be used to support high streets, local businesses, workforce and community skills development, as well as supporting those struggling with the cost of living crisis.

In April 2022, the Government launched the UKSPF to support its Levelling Up agenda by building ‘pride in place’ and increasing life chances across the UK, focusing on communities, and supporting local business, people and skills.

The East Suffolk Investment Plan contains a number of key programmes, based on new and existing schemes, to be delivered either locally or collaboratively with other local authorities. More details can be found here.

Additionally, the Council has been allocated £1.129m under the Rural England Prosperity Fund (REPF), part of the UKSPF, which aims to support small business and community infrastructure in rural areas