CLES news: stories of success and potential


For our final newsletter of 2021 we’re bring you a round up of writing from the CLES team which has appeared in other outlets over the last few weeks.

Social care needs proper funding, not Big Society 2.0…
Addressing calls for more “community power” in delivering social care, our Associate Director of Policy, Tom Lloyd Goodwin, wrote an article for The New Statesman last week, highlighting both the backdrop of austerity and disparities between community needs and resources
Anchor networks sow the seeds of change…
An innovative programme, borne out of work by the Birmingham Anchor Network, is helping hospitality workers to access jobs in the NHS. Conrad Parke wrote for the Health Service Journal this week, describing how, through their unique alchemy of anchor networks, institutions can fundamentally change the way they function in their economies. 

Anchoring our ports…
Analyzing the  government’s proposals for freeports, our newest researcher, Sean Benstead, wrote a piece for the Local Government Chronicle, arguing for the potential of ports to act as anchor institutions and transform their local economic landscapes. 

Buying benefits for communities…
The everyday activities of local anchor institutions present numerous opportunities to advance social value, writes Tom Lloyd Goodwin in the Municipal Journal, describing how tactics such as market shaping within homecare and progressive pre-employment practice can be harnessed for maximum social value.

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