Published: 7th Jan 2016

At the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) we believe that all local social and economic decision-making should have, at its heart, a drive to reduce inequality and poverty. We know from working alongside local authorities, housing associations, charities, the private sector, and a never-ending list of passionate individuals and communities, that poverty cannot be ‘solved’ by one organisation. Instead, it takes whole-system approaches that bring together the expertise and experiences of a vast range of stakeholders in an intelligent, joined-up approach. Increasingly, as a not-for-profit organisation interested in both economic and social growth, we have become particularly interested in two parallel agendas currently at full-steam across the UK: local economic growth and public sector reform. If efforts are made to join-up stakeholders involved in these two agendas, there is a genuine opportunity to connect individuals experiencing severe and multiple disadvantage – who typically use a high number of services … (To read the full article, subscribe below)