Our research uses new analysis to show the neighbourhoods where the jobs crisis as a result of the pandemic is likely to be the most acute. We show how community organisations are best placed to tackle these challenges.

The Communities work report shows that the places with the worst existing employment deprivation are more than twice as likely to be at high risk of job losses stemming from the Covid crisis.

These neighbourhoods are facing the ‘double distress’ of a new wave of unemployment on top of existing job shortages.

Read the Communities Work report (.pdf)

’Job-poor neighbourhoods’ are more than twice as likely to have serious Covid-related unemployment problems than the average neighbourhood.
- Communities work report

How community organisations support these neighbourhoods at risk

Our new report shows how community organisations are concentrated precisely in the neighbourhoods facing ‘double distress.’ They are well placed to support people into work by:

  • Providing local jobs and volunteering opportunities in places facing the highest levels of deprivation
  • Providing tailored and sensitive employment support for their community
  • Taking a strategic role in supporting local economic development

Putting Communities in Charge of the Shared Prosperity Fund.

To tackle this jobs crisis and level up the country at the same time, the Government must put communities in charge of future local economic regeneration.

This report calls for at least a quarter of the Government’s Shared Prosperity Fund to go directly to local people to invest in their own priorities for the economy.

Read the Communities Work report (.pdf)