Published: 28th Apr 2014

We know that poverty in the UK is growing, and that social mobility is declining – trends that are likely to continue even as the economy improves. We also know that there are too few job opportunities, and too few chances for in-work development, for young people here. In total, 17% of 18-24 year olds are out of work (the percentage is higher in many communities) and many more are in dead-end jobs. A new JRF report by Richard Macfarlane – Tackling Poverty Through Public Procurement – shows how these problems can be tackled. This report offers many practical examples of how clauses inserted into any public procurement contract can require the contractor to provide targeted training and job opportunities, which can be focused on poor people and poor places. And these mechanisms comply with UK and European procurement rules. Case study examples include: Glasgow Housing Association: Through clauses in … (To read the full article, subscribe below)