We are working with The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) to see how economic regeneration and growth can include a focus on people facing severe and multiple disadvantage. Commonly, local economic growth approaches are divorced from public service reform, in that they are based upon a model which primarily does not focus strongly enough on inclusion. At the moment conversations around support to individuals and economic regeneration are happening in isolation so there is a real risk that the wider devolution agenda results in people facing severe and multiple disadvantage missing out.
The work has just started but Jenny Rouse and her colleagues at Manchester City Council, have already uncovered a large number of barriers that exist across the system that could prevent the most vulnerable in Wythenshawe, Manchester benefitting from the investment taking place right on their doorstep. She will be sharing her learning as the work develops and you can find out more here.