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The latest report from ResPublica, Financing for Growth: A new model to unlock infrastructure investment, puts forward proposals for a new form of infrastructure financing which could attract new investment and capture latent potential from households, private business and the community sector.
The report, published in association with Canary Wharf Group, proposes a new model for ‘Community Infrastructure Bonds,’ which would see bonds issued not by the local public authority, but instead by a special purpose vehicle (SPV), outside the constraints of public administration. These bonds would be underpinned ‘underneath the bonnet’ by a range of revenue streams, to deliver returns. There would be no one-size-fits-all model, with local hybridity and diversity according to the local context supporting a universally recognisable platform for investors.
Responding to the Chancellor’s recent announcement for a UK Guarantees scheme, the report, emphasises that “Community Infrastructure Bonds” would be a means to channel this commitment whilst reflecting local and regional need, rather than top-down initiatives.
The report concludes by suggesting concrete steps to be taken by central, local Government and others to support the renewal of infrastructure development across the UK over the coming years.
Dan has a considerable range of experience of funding and financing mutual and social enterprises, through developing policy at the highest level and delivering in practice at the grassroots. He has worked for the Treasury, Futurebuilders England, the Cabinet Office...
Howard Dawber is Strategic Advisor at Canary Wharf Group. He has previously been a Parliamentary Candidate for the Labour Party and an adviser on government-business relations. Howard is the Chair of a Community Foundation in East London, and a board...
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