progressive economics

A manifesto for local economies

In recent years there has been no shortage of reports about how bad austerity is and how it is affecting the poorest the most. However, while much of this is well meaning, it is short on what we need to do differently. In the new manifesto for local economies, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (Cles) sets out ideas which breaks out of this austerity narrative and the present timidity of some proposed alternatives. For us, decent public services and fairness work with and for prosperity and against poverty and inequality. Cles draws on a range of experiences to reclaim a local economics which work for social justice.

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    CLES Manifesto for local economies

    17th March 2015
    This CLES Manifesto is underpinned by our values and principles and is based on the experience of our work in local economies over...
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    The Local Double Dividend

    2nd February 2015
    This CLES research report argues the flawed economic thinking and a Treasury economic model that has left so many parts of the UK ...
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    After Austerity: an economic plan for the North West

    5th September 2014
    A report produced for UNISON North West by CLES highlights how austerity policies are not working in the region and points the way...
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    Developing local economic resilience: The role of LEPs

    11th April 2014
    This CLES think-piece looks at Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and the extent to which they are creating local economic resil...