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Open for All? Equality Research Launched

The North West Infrastructure Partnership commissioned the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the Centre for Local Policy Studies to research the impact of current policy on equalities and the specialist organisations that deliver to some of our most marginalised communities.

Dan Silver from One North West

The research process lasted eight months, included 15 issue-specific focus groups, and involved over two hundred and fifty voluntary and community sector organisations from across the North West and looked at:

  1. The equalities impact of policy agendas around localism, big society, welfare, health, and economic growth;

  2. The socio-economic implications of a reduced focus on equality;

  3. The values of equalities focused voluntary and community sector organisations;

  4. The applicability of impacts and implications to the North West

The North West Infrastructure Partnership commissioned the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and the Centre for Local Policy Studies to research the impact of current policy on equalities and the specialist organisations that deliver to some of our most marginalised communities.

Dan Silver from One North West

The research process lasted eight months, included 15 issue-specific focus groups, and involved over two hundred and fifty voluntary and community sector organisations from across the North West and looked at:

  1. The equalities impact of policy agendas around localism, big society, welfare, health, and economic growth;

  2. The socio-economic implications of a reduced focus on equality;

  3. The values of equalities focused voluntary and community sector organisations;

  4. The applicability of impacts and implications to the North West


This innovative and exciting research provides an evidence base around some of the challenges that current policy brings for our communities and provides a comprehensive report on areas that need improvement moving forward, advocating for the urgent need for a social justice framework.

The executive summary was launched at the recent VSNW Conference and the full report will be available shortly.

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