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EvoNorth Conference

CLES Chief Executive Neil McInroy will be speaking on the People’s Powerhouse Panel at the EvoNorth Conference, taking place on 27th and 28th February.

Organised by the Northern Powerhouse Partner Cognitive Publishing, EvoNorth is an immersive series of lively and engaging Q&As, roundtable discussions, workshops and exhibitions, with plenty of calls to action.

Local Wealth Building in the North East

This month CLES has started three separate programmes of work in Sunderland, Darlington and Gateshead, to bring Local Wealth Building to the North East of England.

In Gateshead and Sunderland, CLES is now undertaking scope research and initial interviews to explore the potential for Local Wealth Building, with a specific focus on key strategic priorities of reducing low pay and developing the SME sector.

iNetwork Winter Conference

CLES Associate Director Tom Lloyd-Goodwin delivered a session on “Building an Inclusive Economy” at the 14th Annual iNetwork Winter Conference.

This year’s conference theme was Connecting People and Place, focused on supporting a new vision to build vibrant and sustainable local communities, connecting people to place and sharing innovative thinking from all levels, including community leaders, practitioners and local enterprises.

Manchester City Council spend is building local wealth

CLES has today published the latest findings of its Manchester City Council spend analysis.

CLES has been working with Manchester City Council since 2008 to analyse its annual procurement spend and to improve its procurement process so that it addresses local need and brings greater benefits to Manchester’s residents and businesses. CLES has analysed this procurement spend to establish where this money has gone and to understand its impact on the Manchester economy and residents.

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.