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Allia unveils first ‘social impact’ bond
by Emma Dunkley on Feb 04, 2013 at 07:01
The charitable social investment firm Allia has launched a social impact bond that provides money to help improve the lives of children who are at risk of going into care.
The Future for Children Bond, which is the first public opportunity to invest in a social impact bond, will see the money go to Essex Country Council to help children aged 11-16.
The bond will repay capital at the end of the eight-year term and a variable return will be offered dependent on the success of the bond.
The development of this ‘capital plus’ bond combines investment into affordable housing – Places for People Homes – to provide the funds to repay capital to investors, along with investment into the social impact bond, in order to deliver a high social impact and provide the additional, viable return.
Around 80% of the funds will go into the fixed rate loan for housing, while 20% will be allocated as equity and loans to Essex Country Council.
Tim Jones, Chief Executive, Allia said: ‘We’re seeing growing interest amongst investors in using their investment funds to achieve a social impact as well as providing a financial return. Our capital plus bond gives the first public opportunity for individual investors to take part in this kind of innovative high-risk high-impact model.
‘With the Future for Children Bond, investors can help give a better future to some of society’s most vulnerable young people, with the potential for sharing in the financial benefits while also keeping their capital at very low risk.’
The bond has a minimum investment of £15,000 and is on offer from 4 February to 15 March.
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