Published: 28th Oct 2015

Local systems change is vitally important to tackling poverty. However, without a supportive national system policy change, it could all come to nothing. We must use the growing enthusiasm for local system change and the positive benefits it accrues to challenge the national policy system. Only with that will we get the fertile territory for local systems to truly transform services and the lives of the poorest. At CLES, we are privileged to be working across the country with groups of local authorities, housing associations, businesses and other key local actors to develop and deliver joined-up approaches to tackling poverty and inequality. Over time, duplications, gaps and silos in provision have become common features in many of these local systems. This has meant that in some places provision has not been as effective as it could be, with complicated patterns of deprivation being merely managed, rather than overcome. Austerity, ever-dwindling … (To read the full article, subscribe below)