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February 2020

Picture Britain: Our People, Our Poverty

February 20 - March 8
Borough Market, London

Join us on our touring photography exhibition, aiming to re-frame the picture of people locked in poverty. Close your eyes and picture Britain. We all have an image of our country, what we value and how we get by in our communities. Yet, poverty continues to hold many of us back. At the start of a new decade, this significant body of work commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) reflects our social landscape and the experiences of people swept into poverty. Many of the stories demonstrate the…

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Worker Co-ops: How to Get Started

February 22
Newcastle

We live in a world of increasing inequality, exploitation, and a fixation on growth at all costs. We need new forms of business and there are a growing number of co-operatives that are owned and controlled primarily for the benefit of their workers. This workshop will be a practical journey through the stages of setting up a worker co-op, exploring the different options and decisions you’ll make along the way.

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Understanding the Garden City approach – Seminars for Councils: London

February 25 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: TCPA, 17 Carlton House Terrace, London , SW1Y 5AS

A free seminar for Councils exploring the opportunities to bring forward sustainable new communities within the context of national policy and the Garden City Principles  Across the UK there is a chronic shortage of affordable housing and this housing crisis is damaging people’s life chances. At the same time, much of the new housing being delivered is badly designed and lacks the basic social infrastructure to make these new places into real communities. Meeting the nation’s housing needs will involve…

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Poverty and social security: where next?

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Committee Room 10, House of Commons

Poverty and social security: where next? will discuss the agenda for working age social security in the new parliament, following the Conservative Party’s landslide victory. The meeting will include the presentation of recommendations from the Fabian Society’s pre-election report Where Next? Reforming social security over the next 10 years. Did Labour get it right on social security in the party’s 2019 manifesto? What are the prospects for poverty and welfare payments under the new Conservative government? What should be the left’s agenda…

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Understanding the Garden City approach – Seminars for Councils: Manchester

February 26 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
The Performance Space, Manchester Central Library , St Peter’s Square , Manchester, M2 5PD

A free seminar for Councils exploring the opportunities to bring forward sustainable new communities within the context of national policy and the Garden City Principles  Across the UK there is a chronic shortage of affordable housing and this housing crisis is damaging people’s life chances. At the same time, much of the new housing being delivered is badly designed and lacks the basic social infrastructure to make these new places into real communities. Meeting the nation’s housing needs will involve…

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Changing the way we talk about poverty

February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
The Great Room, RSA House

How can we overturn the toxic poverty narrative that stigmatises and shames the most vulnerable in our society? What does it mean to be poor in Britain and America? For decades the primary narrative about poverty in both countries is that it has been caused by personal flaws or ‘bad life decisions’ rather than policy choices or economic inequality. This misleading account has become deeply embedded in the public consciousness with serious ramifications for how financially vulnerable people are seen,…

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March 2020

The power of procurement

March 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Mechanics Centre, Manchester, M1 6DD

An introductory action-focused session on the power of a progressive approach to procurement Book your place → About this Event In this session the specialist CLES trainer will progressive procurement talk you through the five stages of progressive procurement: policy; anchor collaboration; analysis; understanding wider impact; and making procurement accessible. The session will explore a series of real world examples of when each part of the journey has been done particularly well in place and encourage you to consider where…

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Taking Inequality and Environmental Sustainability Seriously in Regional Policy

March 2 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
London School of Economics

In a session chaired by Nancy Holman (LSE), Teis Hansen (Lund University) and Erica Pani (LSE) will be discussing inequality and environmental sustainability in regional policy. Cities and regions across the world are experiencing pressures on the housing, governance and sustainability fronts. Challenges such as creating sustainable transport links, enhancing local democracy or tackling housing shortage push urbanists to think creatively. Founded in 1966, LSE's MSc Regional and Urban Planning Studies (RUPS) programme has established its reputation as a key player…

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Financing a Global Climate Deal

March 3 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
London School of Economics

A key challenge for the COP26 climate conference to be held in Glasgow in November 2020 is to agree how to harness the world’s financial system behind a rapid transition to a net-zero, resilient and inclusive global economy. Many positive developments are underway among central banks, investors, civil society and development banks. But at present, these do not add up to a credible strategy for mobilising the trillions that will be needed for climate action both in industrialised countries such…

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Intro to community wealth building

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Mechanics Centre, Manchester, M1 6DD

An introduction to the fundamentals and CLES’ latest thinking around community wealth building Book your place → About this Event In this session you will be taken through the five pillars of community wealth building, what they are, what they mean in practice and what it looks like when action is taken on each pillar in a place. This session invites delegates to explore community wealth building in the current UK context and evaluates its key role in developing an…

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