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Call for planning authorities to influence struggle against poverty

Words: Huw Morris
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Planning authorities should influence key institutions to consider how their spending and procurement can tackle poverty, unemployment and skills gaps in their areas.

Arup director Tom Bridges said the “sheer pressure from austerity on the basic delivery of future services is increasingly acute” for local authorities.

“The time, space and resources they have to act strategically on big issues like inequality and low productivity and how to respond to economic change are becoming diminished.”

He told the Institute of Economic Development annual conference, held on 6 December, that planning authorities should ask key anchor institutions such as large employers, universities and hospitals “to think about the impact they drive through with their spending and procurement and ask developers to makes commitments to tackling training and skills gaps in their Section 106 agreements.”

Bridges also called on combined authorities to consider regional skills gaps and to embed training in their infrastructure spending.

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