Published: 4th Oct 2013

At a time of austerity, can local leaders do more to tackle poverty with their existing processes, budgets and services? Matthew Jackson looks at the options. Our places and communities are facing unprecedented challenges. As the government strives for economic growth and job creation, there are continuing trends towards marginalisation, inequality and poverty among many in society. The experience of poverty is no longer limited to unemployed people but increasingly affecting those in work. The policy approach to poverty has also changed. Gone is the emphasis on geography, targeted funding and national indicators. Instead there is a far greater focus on individually-targeted services. New research by CLES, for JRF, highlights a variety of existing ways that local authorities can tackle poverty. In addressing the problems of poverty, the study is interested both in approaches that target individuals and those that target places. The report shows that these locally-based mechanisms already exist, and they … (To read the full article, subscribe below)