The Trust undertook a strategic review during the year 2021-22, with our Trustees deciding to take a place-based approach to our Economic Justice work, focussing entirely on Birmingham and the surrounding area. We are currently co-developing the programme with local partners. Key to the approach will be the formation of a network or alliance between the Trust, our funded partners and others who share our aims and, with the advice of that network, we will be using our funds to support an interconnected body of work that will help catalyse systems and structural change to reduce economic injustice in Birmingham and the Black Country.
To give time for that co-development to take place, the Economic Justice programme is temporarily closed. We expect to reopen later in the year. Once the programme is open we expect all our funding, at least in for the remainder of the financial year 2022-3, to be used to support local initiatives and are not expecting to fund any national-level work or projects based outside Birmingham or the Black Country, unless it is something we have identified ourselves. If you would like to be kept informed of when the programme reopens, please sign up to our e-news.
Over the last six years our Economic Justice programme has:
- Built a body of evidence highlighting the impact of austerity and Brexit on financially excluded people and those on low incomes, and made recommendations on how their lives could be improved by practical or policy interventions.
- Funded national initiatives that are influencing some of the big levers of the economy, such as tax, high and low pay.
- Supported the development of new models of how the local economy can operate and shared that learning with others
- Supported research and action that is building an inclusive economy in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands Combined Authority area;
- Enabled the voices of the least well off to be heard, and responded to, by those in positions of power.
This is a full list of work we are currently supporting, and some examples of impact. The new programme will be closely focussed on economic justice in Birmingham and the Black Country. Keep an eye on this website for details and sign up to our e-news if you would like to be kept in touch when the programme re-opens. In the meantime, if you:
· are based in Birmingham or one of the Black Country towns,
· have an idea for work that will address the root causes of social injustice,
· want to work collaboratively with other organisations working on similar issues, and
· want to discuss whether your work might fit with our approach,
Please email Debbie Pippard [email protected] who will be able to tell you the stage we are at with developing priorities and will advise you, as far as is possible at this stage of programme development, whether it is something the Trust might be able to support.