UK Shared Prosperity Fund  

On 13 April 2022, the UK Government published more detail about how the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) will work (external website). This replaces funding which the council originally received from Europe.

Denbighshire County Council has been allocated a total of £25.6 million to invest over three years. This is broken down into £21.2 million of core funding and £4.4 million for the national 'Multiply' programme.

We now have the opportunity to accelerate our plans for the fund, and build on our emerging Corporate Plan themes. We will develop an investment plan to deliver fair employment and good work for all, and create and develop sustainable places and communities that we can be proud of.

The investment plan will be submitted to government by 1 August 2022.

The plan will take account of the three themes of the fund as set out by Government:

  • Communities and place
  • Local businesses
  • People and skills

In developing the plan, we will be mindful of the fund's objectives set by government:

  • Boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards
  • Spread opportunities and improve public services
  • Restore a sense of community, local pride and belonging
  • Empower local leaders and communities

To develop our local investment plan, we will work in partnership with councillors, MPs and local stakeholders including businesses and residents.

Wider region

The investment plan - whilst written at a Denbighshire delivery level - will also be aligned with a regional investment plan to show how we are working with neighbouring authorities - Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Flintshire and Wrexham - to share learning and best practise and identify areas for collaboration where greater benefits for residents may be delivered better across a wider geography.

Briefing and consultation

For each priority there are a collection of interventions (external website). Any projects we design together must ‘fit’ under at least one of these interventions, and we’ll be happy to discuss further with you. Likewise, for each intervention there is a suite of outputs (external website) that will need to be captured.

Spend for the programme is 15% year 1, 27% year 2 and 58% year three. This means we’ll be looking for ideas for spend that are ‘ready to go’ for year 1. We can spend some of year 1 also developing plans for delivery in years 2 and 3.

We need to submit plans to the UK Government by 1 August 2022, therefore we’d like to have developed ideas for year 1 by Friday 24 June 2022.

Whether you’ve ideas for spend this year or would like to work with us to develop collaborative projects in years 2 and 3, we’d welcome your contact as soon as possible. Where we hear from groups, businesses and organisations from similar fields, we’re likely to explore working with you collectively.

Please email sharedprosperityfund@denbighshire.gov.uk and we’ll get back to you.

Webinar

We’ll also be hosting a webinar to share information and enable you to ask questions on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 June 2022, 3.30pm - 5pm. If you’d like to attend please register your interest via EventBrite (external website).