Addressing poverty through local governance: summary

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
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1 October 2013
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Social Policy
Social welfare
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The withdrawal of area-based initiatives, the Government’s emphasis upon austerity, and an increasing demand for public services all have important implications for poverty. Local authorities and other local stakeholders need to adopt new approaches to addressing poverty. Instead of targeted funding, these approaches should use mechanisms that places already have at their disposal. Place-based mechanisms include place leadership and local governance, community budgets, outcomes-based commissioning, co-production and procurement.

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