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Final Report of the Raynsford Review

CLES Associate Director Stuart Macdonald was at the launch of the Final Report of the Raynsford Review of Planning on Tuesday 20th November 2018 in the House of Lords.

Hosted by Lord Kerslake, with presentations from the respected former planning minister Rt Hon Nick Raynsford and Dr Hugh Ellis, Chief Executive of the TCPA, the Review set out a series of recommendations and detailed proposals for the future of the planning system in England. Its principal recommendation to develop a new legal duty to deliver sustainable development in England has the potential to make planning more people focused and places more socially and environmentally resilient.

Upgrade to Scottish Town Data Tool USP Unveiled

A fresh upgrade to an innovative website providing in-depth information on Scotland’s towns has been unveiled. From greenspace to migration, new indicators on the Understanding Scottish Places (USP) platform provide additional support to all those who work for positive change in Scotland’s towns.

USP is an accessible, open-access tool which allows people to view the social and economic profile of their town and compare this with other towns in Scotland. Data is included for all towns in the country with a population of above 1,000; 479 in total.

World Health Organisation Experts Meeting

CLES Associate Director Tom Lloyd Goodwin attended an experts meeting arranged by the World Health Organisation examining the economic and social impacts of health systems on 14th and 15th November.

The meeting was in Venice and included senior representatives from EU member state health ministries. It aimed to provide guidance for the continued work on the economic and social impact of health systems in the WHO Regional Office for Europe and strengthen the evidence of the impact of health systems and their relationship with improving equity and sustainability within national and local development policies.

Inclusive Growth Leaders Dinner: the role of anchor organisations.

CLES Chief Executive Neil McInroy and Associate Director Frances Jones attended an Inclusive Growth Leaders Dinner on 15th November looking at the role of anchor institutions.

Hosted by Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Manchester, the event brought together public and private sector anchor institutions from the across the city  to explore the potential for future collaboration.

Democracy in the Workplace: How can corporations gain trust?

CLES Associate Director Tom Lloyd-Goodwin took part in a debate about democracy in the workplace at the Think Tank for Action on Social Change, in Dublin on 31st October.

Ireland and the EU have entered into a period of uncertainty due to Brexit, the weakness of established political parties, the threats to democratic institutions and the rule of law, and the backlash against migration, amongst other issues. In Ireland, the rise of social inequalities, the housing crisis, the need for healthcare reform, as well as the future relationship with the UK are among the most critical policy challenges.

Creating a register of community-owned assets

Do you own or manage a community asset? Register it on the Community Assets Exchange (CAsE), a new comprehensive register of community assets in England, and be in with the chance of winning a £100 gift voucher.

Why register?

  • Registration is very quick and simple and will allow bodies to contact you with relevant funding and support opportunities and help you to connect with others who control assets.
  • Registration is also vital for improving local networks and for the sector to promote itself and influence policy makers.
  • The register will be publicly available, minimising repetitive requests about the assets that you manage.

CLASS Panel Reacts to the 2018 Budget

CLES Senior Researcher Victoria Bettany took part in the Centre for Labour and Social Studies panel reacting to the 2018 Budget.

Victoria said:

“The budget that saved the High Street?

Doesn’t feel like it. Today Chancellor Phillip Hammond announced a plethora of new spending on the back of improving growth reports from the OBR. Amongst them was a promise to reduce the business rates bills of many small businesses that populate our high streets by one third. This will be music to the ears of many occupiers of British High Street stores.

CLES at NILGA Annual Conference

CLES Associate Director Frances Jones took part in the closing panel of NILGA’s Annual Conference, which this year focused on the theme of ‘Building sustainable communities – delivering a better NI for everyone.’

CLES have a long history of work in Northern Ireland, and Frances joined Dr Peter Kenway from the New Policy Institute, Derek Mc Callan from NILGA and Paul O’Brien from APSE on the closing panel to reflect on the day, present CLES’ work on local wealth building and debate the role of local government in NI as a key economic agent.

The Causes and Cures of Brexit

CLES CEO Neil McInroy has contributed a chapter on Strong Local Economies to a new Compass publication looking at The Causes and Cures of Brexit.

The essays in the publication cover many of the root causes of Brexit, stretching from issues of identity, power, voice, belonging, place and opportunity, to inequality, isolation and humiliation. The responses range from considering more resources, focus and policies, and offering emotional awareness and empathy.

Local Wealth Building and Future Arts Centres

CLES Chief Executive Neil McInroy recently met with Future Art Centres to discuss their role as anchors in local economic and place development.

Future Art Centres is a national coalition of leading UK art centres, and advocates for arts centres as place-making champions in local communities. Future Art Centres include Stratford Circus, Cambridge Junction and the (Finchley) artsdepot, and seeks to develop arts centres as robust social enterprises and models for community cohesion.

CLES to advise on place-making in Auckland, New Zealand

CLES Chief Executive Neil McInroy will travel to Auckland in October to share our wealth of experience in place-making and inclusive economic development.

CLES will be working with the Panuku Development Auckland in Auckland, New Zealand. The project is the most significant urban redevelopment scheme in Auckland’s history, and extends CLES’ global network of practitioners working to make great places for people and communities, building on our work in the UK and across Europe.

Local Wealth Building movement grows: CLES working with Wirral Council

CLES are working with Wirral Council to develop an inclusive economy strategy that will secure a more prosperous future for people and communities across the Wirral.

The collaboration will build on Wirral’s existing innovation around Social Value, and CLES’ knowledge and experience of building local wealth through procurement and anchor institutions.