In 2017, EUROCITIES contracted an external expert to research the changing role of cities in designing and delivering social inclusion and welfare policies.
By building on evidence from academic research, policy developments and good practice examples from cities, the policy brief found that cities have an increasing role in delivering social welfare policies and services to citizens, namely to:
- pilot and test innovative and experimental approaches to social inclusion
- share results and good practice with other cities and inspire policy change
- gather and analyse information at local level to inform tailored approaches to social welfare
- combine and blend funding sources and financing (including from the private sector)
- set up innovative financial instruments, including social impact bonds
- act as a catalyst for multi-level governance at all levels (from local level to the EU)
- provide leadership and stimulate local partnerships
- integrate approaches to combine people-based solutions with area-based policies
- deliver active inclusion policies to support those most in need
- promote equality and fairness by using social clauses in public procurement.
The research also concluded that the contribution of local authorities to social policy progress is increasingly recognised in the EU policy agenda.
You can read the full text of the policy brief below.