While the UK’s local authorities are still managing an austerity programme that has led to devastating social spending cuts, and others are trying to attract inward investment into their regions, this workshop will look at the alternatives.
This session will explore the practice of Community Wealth Building, a key element in building a fairer and a more socially just economy. Recent policy and media interest in this concept has arisen from Centre for Local Economic Strategies’ recent work in Preston. This workshop will also detail this model and showcase other current and past work spanning 12 years in a range of localities including Barcelona, Manchester, Birmingham, and Islington.
Neil McInroy is CEO of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), the UK’s and Europe’s leading independent think and do tank, realising progressive economics for people and place. CLES’s aim is to achieve social justice, good local economies and effective public services for everyone, everywhere.