Published: 28th Jun 2013

This year’s CLES summit, held in Manchester the day after the spending review, was filled with calls for anger and protest, for more belligerence from local councils, and for moving on from the past to forge a new way forward for local areas. Neil McInroy, chief executive of CLES, set the scene for the day: ‘This is a transition moment. We’ve come from security and are moving to a place unknown. We need to create a new system for how economy and place work together.’ With the backdrop of even further cuts to the budgets of local councils, CLES chair Michael Ward began by describing the economy as ‘not waving but drowning’ and called the spending review a ‘huge theatrical coup which sees declining revenues, falling output and productivity obscured by a display of dazzling projects’. But there was a sense that, amid the gloomy new reality, a new way … (To read the full article, subscribe below)