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Each issue focuses on a single theme, dealing with best practice/issues with contributions from practitioners, academics and others in the field of regeneration. We also welcome editions written by our subscribers, if you would like to write a CLES Local Work please contact Jessica Smith, Policy Researcher.

The role for well-being in creating the Big Society

28th January 2011 By Jessica Smith & Victoria Bradford

This issue of Local Work explores the relationship between well-being and Big Society.

The Future City Game

15th December 2010 By Natalie Qureshi & Matthew Jackson

This Local Work outlines the way in which the Game is played, including what makes its approach innovative, and highlights practical outputs from around the world.

LW103: Green shoots? The potential role of urban agriculture in regenerating our urban areas

3rd November 2010 By Gary Herman

This Local Work examines the background to the urban agriculture movement and explores its potential for reviving our urban areas in today’s uncertain economic climate.

LW102: Tokenism not localism?

23rd September 2010 By Alexander James Rowe

This paper identifies potential barriers to the Coalition’s localism agenda with the anticipated Decentralisation and Localism Bill set to go before parliament later this year.

Raising aspirations and tackling deprivation in King’s Lynn: Lessons from ‘Learning Catalysts’

11th August 2010

In this latest edition of Local Work, Sarah Glenn, Economic Development Projects Officer with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, describes the development of an approach to understand and raise aspirations through the Learning Catalysts project which began in January 2006.

LW101: Harnessing the talents of young people: Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership

3rd August 2010 By Charles Cracknell

Fostering an entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people has long been considered a ‘good thing’; however the current economic climate makes it now more important than ever. This Local Work demonstrates how this approach is already being implemented in Hull via the work of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership.

Recovering from recession: a view from the Northwest

11th July 2010 By John Corish

In this latest edition of Local Work, John Corish, Economic Development Officer for 4NW (the Regional Leaders Board for the Northwest of England), focuses on responses to the recent recession and that of the early 1990s, offering a personal view of the lessons for the Northwest of England to ensure we enable a sustainable economic recovery this time around.

Resilient Retail?

11th June 2010 By Sarah Longlands & Richard Muscat

Two influential themes run through the general media coverage and more specialist analysis of the economic downturn in Britain. The first theme focuses on the uneven impact of a downturn; that the recession is having very different repercussions in different parts of the country. The second theme relates to town centres; that economic recession is generating specific problems for town and city centres across the country.

Fairtrade towns: The local response to a global issue

11th May 2010 By Linsey Humphries

The UK has often been referred to as a ‘leader’ of the Fairtrade Movement due to the opportunities available for consumers to choose Fairtrade products, with over 4,500 Fairtrade certified products currently being available. The growing use of Fairtrade has been boosted by the introduction and expansion of the Fairtrade Towns Movement, which is based upon boroughs, zones, villages, towns, counties, cities and islands meeting set goals that work to increase levels of understanding and sales of Fairtrade products as a means of highlighting the commitment of a community to the Fair Trade Movement.

Creating greater innovation in public services: challenges and opportunities

11th April 2010 By Adrian Nolan

The impacts of the recession and global financial crisis have been unprecedented. As a result public spending will be cut aggressively in the coming years, no matter which party is in government, with less resource likely at a time when more is needed to be achieved. How this translates to local government remains to be seen, however it is seems safe to assume that conditions for economic development and regeneration practitioners are likely to become more challenging. The need, therefore, to create new innovative methods and processes will become ever more imperative and to achieve this, a shift in culture of many existing practices will be needed.

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