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The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) was launched by government on 13 April 2022. Nationally, it provides £2.6bn of government funding between 2022-25 that is central to the Levelling Up agenda.

UKSPF in the North of Tyne

North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) received approval from Government of its UKSPF Investment Plan on 5 December 2022.  UKPSF investment opportunities and funding calls are published here.

Government provided NTCA a noncompetitive allocation for delivery across Newcastle, North Tyneside & Northumberland.

  • £51.2m in total for the North of Tyne area
  • £47.1m core UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • £4.1m Multiply

Building on our existing priorities, we developed a Local Investment Plan which was submitted to Government before their  August 1st deadline.  Read the summary of our Local Investment Plan.

The UKSPF is designed for local places to invest in three key themes:

  • Community and Place
  • Supporting Local Businesses
  • People and Skills

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

  • Community and place
  • Local businesses
  • People and skills

Guidance from Government on core funding was that the first two years of our plan should focus on Communities and Place, and Local Businesses.  In the third year, the fund can be used for People and Skills.  The Multiply programme will be delivered across all years.

There are branding guidelines for the delivery of UKSPF funded projects in the North of Tyne.

UKSPF is now underway in the North of Tyne

Since the Government approved our Investment Plan in December 2022 we have been preparing for UKSPF delivery. We have now identified the specific programmes and activity types to be funded within each of the three themes and our work to deliver UKSPF is underway.

Please follow these links to find out more about how activity in each UKSPF theme will be delivered and how you can get involved:

Stakeholder engagement and consultation

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our stakeholder engagement and consultation programme.  Your contributions were invaluable in developing our UKSPF Plan for the North of Tyne area.

We worked  in partnership with Newcastle, North Tyneside and Northumberland Councils.  We have consulted with local MPs, who played an important role in helping identify priorities for their constituents.

We held an online briefing event on Thursday, 28 April 2022 which was the first opportunity for Stakeholders to hear more about delivering the UK Shared Prosperity Fund for the North of Tyne,  the fund and the fund’s three core themes.  There is a presentation from the briefing event.

On 16 May 2022 NTCA hosted a stakeholder consultation event at Alnwick Gardens107 people attended the event, representing the public, private and voluntary sectors and with a mix of support providers and strategic leads. Following brief presentation by Rob Hamilton, NTCA Chief Economist, attendees took part in round table discussions on one three national UKPSF themes, which they had preselected when they confirmed their attendance.  Read the evidence presented at the event.

Attendees were asked to answer the following questions:

  • What are the key local challenges and opportunities in the North of Tyne area in relation to the Investment Priorities?
  • What are the lessons learned from previous programmes?

Attendees then undertook a prioritisation exercise where they each selected their top three Investment Priorities for their chosen theme, prioritising interventions and outcomes. Then give their reflections on the other investment themes.

Read the summary of the table discussions.

Call for Evidence

NTCA with support from Learning and Work Institute (L&W) conducted a ‘call for evidence’ requesting further qualitative evidence from stakeholders who have experience working with economically inactive residents in any capacity, to help inform future provision.

This Call for Evidence has now concluded. The call was due to close 9 November, but was extended to 11 November due to the positive interest received.  Over 35 contributions were submitted from a range of organisations across the region with a variety of backgrounds, sectors and specialisms.  Findings from these contributions, along with feedback from the pre-engagement event held on 24 November 2022, were reviewed by LWI and complied an Economic Inactivity Report, with Executive Summary.

Please contact if you require any further information about the UKSPF in the North of Tyne.

UKSPF in the North East 

The UKSPF’s interventions will be planned and delivered by lead authorities that can be either a local authority or a mayoral combined authority. Government has asked lead authorities to develop Local Investment Plans and work with each other at a regional level to explore areas where we have common challenges and opportunities and where it makes sense to think regionally to create a bigger impact.

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The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit

On 19 May 2022 a regional engagement event was hosted by the North of Tyne Combined Authority, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and the seven local authorities – Durham, Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, South Tyneside and Sunderland. The engagement event aimed to help inform approaches to the government’s UKSPF in our region.

We have published a number of documents from the event, including:

Evidence base for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund

An evidence base has been developed that provides key data and intelligence about Levelling Up, along with the UKSPF’s 3 key investment themes.  You can view this evidence base on the North East Evidence Hub.

If you have any comments or feedback on this, please contact

Contacts for UKSPF in the North East

Durham  Contact or

Gateshead  Contact

North of Tyne Combined Authority  Contact

South Tyneside Contact or

Sunderland  Contact

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