Our Work

Levelling Up

PlaceShapers members are community anchor organisations who work and invest in places for the long term.

We build and manage high quality, affordable homes to rent and to buy. We work in partnership with people and communities to create jobs. We provide community spaces and services and support local charities, community groups and local government. We are responding in partnership to the critical issues of our time, including Covid-19, rising poverty and inequality and the climate emergency.

We have recently released a report that demonstrates the role of housing associations in delivering levelled-up communities – and the tools they need to do so. With the much-delayed Levelling Up White Paper due shortly and a new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, at Placeshapers we know delivering ‘levelling up’ communities is high on the political agenda.  You can find out more about our work in this area and access the report here.

This year, we were Commissioners in No Place Left Behind: The Commission into Community Placemaking and Prosperity, chaired by Toby Lloyd, former Housing Adviser to Prime Minister Theresa May.

The Commission sought to understand projects and initiatives that are successful in improving lives in under-valued neighbourhoods and to use the learning to develop national level policy and best practice recommendations.

You can read the report here and Rachael’s blog about it on Inside Housing here Inside Housing - Comment - Government investment is crucial, but spending decisions must be made at neighbourhood level for levelling-up to succeed