Working with residents to secure their economic future

James Hickson looks at what can be done locally to support communities through the cost of living crisis, and examines how to tackle the underlying structural drivers of economic insecurity.

For many in the UK, economic life has become increasingly precarious. With rising rates of insecure work, and an escalating cost of living crisis, a context of greater insecurity and uncertainty has left a growing number of households across the country teetering on a financial cliff edge. But what does this context mean for local communities, and how can local government respond?

Economic volatility in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, Brexit, and Russia's invasion of Ukraine has contributed to a deepening cost of living crisis in the UK, with consumers facing a rapid rise in the prices they pay for many necessities.


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