Debate: The cost of SIBs

Toby Lowe*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Social Impact Bonds (SIBs) are intrinsically expensive ways to fund social programmes. Using data from the development of a SIB programme, this article provides an example of the costs of developing a SIB. Including pro bono support, the programme cost nearly £750,000 to develop, before it had engaged with service users. Will this level of cost will significantly reduce in future, and are SIBs likely to provide ongoing cost reductions?
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-188
Number of pages4
JournalPublic Money and Management
Issue number3
Early online date22 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020


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