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Arnie Graf Tour

Arnie Graf – lecture and community organising tour – October 2015 At a time when membership, participation and public confidence in traditional party politics are at a low ebb, the Southern Policy Centre has a programme of work to encourage innovative forms of public participation. To date this has involved support for deliberative polling and a pilot constitutional … Continue reading

Citizens decide: grants and commissioning budgets in Southampton

Southampton City Council has established a People’s Panel, made up of residents who are interested in taking part in consultations and other opportunities to express their views on council services, health services and living in the city. On Saturday 4th July 2015 the Southern Policy Centre ran a deliberative polling session with some members of … Continue reading

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Our work involves bringing together public policy makers, research experts and key change making organisations in southern England Our work shows some of the challenges and opportunities for the region. We invite you to join the discussion as we explore new territory for the region: Follow us on LinkedIn     Continue reading

Why are some areas falling behind in university participation?

SPC launches major new research project into widening participation to Higher Education The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have produced and published a set of analysis that looks into trends in HE. In particular their statistics on young participation show that there are unexplained gaps in levels of participation from area to area. The … Continue reading

Beyond Caring? The South and the collapse of Adult Social Care

Using data reported nationally, and drawn from council and administrative systems, the briefing identifies a major drop in the number of adults being cared for by local authorities suggesting that those who are old or face disabilities will encounter increasing challenges in the coming 5 years. Notably SPC observes that where you live really matters: … Continue reading

Business South: Digital Summit

On Friday 27th March John Denham, Chair of the Southern Policy Centre, spoke about our Open Data Initiative at Business South’s Digital Summit event held at Winchester Planetarium and Science Park. It was a successful morning where we heard from many Digital experts in new and emerging technologies ranging from Drones, 3D Printing, Home Energy … Continue reading

SPC launches Open Data initiative

As a key strand of its work, the Southern Policy Centre sets out to research, design, champion and test fresh approaches to ‘Open Data’ especially in response to the opportunity of public service reform. Launching our ‘Open Data Initiative’, we welcomed Liam Maxwell, Government Chief Technology Officer, to address an audience of entrepreneurs, academics, coders, … Continue reading