A new website went live this week aimed at helping councils and community organisations to build ‘good’ local economies. Launched by the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Cles) and the New Economics Foundation, with funding from the Friends Provident Foundation, it brings together case studies from across the UK on housing, finance, energy, procurement and commissioning and local economics. Called ‘Building a Good Local Economy’, the website sets out the powers and resources currently available to both local government and local communities to help them improve local housing provision, build up local energy supplies and create a thriving local economy. Case studies include Homebaked, a bakery in the shadow of Liverpool football club that has become a model of community-led regeneration, and Manchester and Preston Councils’ work using local procurement budgets to build community wealth. Neil McInroy and Matthew Jackson, chief executive and deputy chief executive of CLES said: ‘The … (To read the full article, subscribe below)