Published: 24th Jun 2020

There is ‘substantial scope’ for local authorities to help build more inclusive local economies, according to a new report. The report by IPPR North and commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA) outlines the steps councils are taking to ensure their communities and local economies are more inclusive. It sets out that councils’ ability to put in place council-wide inclusive policies will depend on future funding arrangements and local flexibility to make key decisions in areas such as skills provision. ‘There is substantial scope for councils to pursue different approaches, strategies, and interventions to build inclusive economies,’ the report states. ‘However, a prerequisite of any focus on inclusive economy is to ensure that it is embedded across the organisation.’ The research also reveals councils wider efforts to ensure public procurement prioritises services and goods provided by organisations in their local area; to provide apprenticeships for local people; to link hard-to-reach … (To read the full article, subscribe below)