We were delighted to officially launch Time to Build an Inclusive Local Economy recently, a charter that sets out how to build local wealth and address the increasing inequalities in our society. The full report is now available to download here. The revised short-form leaflet is also still available here
The charter has been collaboratively developed by the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and DTNI and is the cornerstone of the new Creating Resilient Local Economies project. Poverty, low wages and job precariousness are still present in Northern Ireland but, inspired by what is currently happening in cities such as Preston in England and Cleveland in the US, the charter identifies not only systemic challenges but also opportunities to do things differently.
A series of recommendations are made under four pillars for action – ABCD – which represent the following:
The launch of the charter marks the beginning rather than the culmination of the project. Good Economy Partnerships are being set up in both the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough and the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council areas and DTNI will work with them for the next 18 months.
Social and economic development, as it stands, now requires a mindset change; an inclusive economy can only be achieved when the public, social and commercial sectors mutually support and develop one another, unafraid to build relationships and share power.