Upcoming Event: Help us to move on!

Practical policy solutions from Hampshire’s young people.

In July 2018 the Southern Policy Centre was commissioned by the Blagrave Trust to develop a policy advocacy strategy for young people aged 16-25 in Hampshire. Over the last 8 months we have been listening to young people and researching alongside them to understand the challenges that affect them the most during transition from childhood to adulthood, and to develop potential solutions to these. The primary concerns raised were housing, education, training and employment. The work has been led by Professor John Denham, former government minister and founding director of the SPC.

The launch event will see the young people themselves present the findings from our work together and set out a strategy to start to address the issues raised. There will be an opportunity to discuss the strategy in groups and provide feedback.

Event Details

The launch will be held on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 Southampton FC’s St Mary’s Stadium, starting registration & refreshments at 10.15am. There will be buffet lunch served at the conclusion of the event which will finish by 1pm, please advise info@southernpolicycentre.co.uk if you wish to stay for lunch

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The think tank and policy forum for central southern England

New approaches to long term challenges

Why does central southern England need new focus?

Central southern England stretches broadly from Dorset to West Sussex, and the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire. The region has had little public policy focus despite facing challenges distinct from both the metropolis and other English regions.

Our public spending per head is low though we face the triple costs of deprived urban areas, rurality and an ageing population.

Average incomes are above the national average but this can mask sharp inequalities and high living costs. Our population is growing with significant migration from other parts of the UK and abroad, but there is a real conflict between the need for housing and the sensitivity of the natural environment.

Economic development, though generally good, is uneven and constrained by shortages of skills, infrastructure and finance. There is a danger that policy makers will become complacent about the unique needs of the region.

What does the SPC contribute?

We’re a cross-party thinktank responding to these distinct challenges and opportunities. We specialise in:

Our Advisory Board brings powerful talents, impressive experience and expert insight to the real world challenges we are committed to tackling.

Above all, our work will always be rooted in practical policy making. We work with leaders in business, government at all levels, and the third sector to make sure our research has a positive impact for southern England.

Launch of the Southern Policy Centre

Southern Policy Centre launches with BBC coverage and ministerial backing

The Southern Policy Centre was launched at a major regional conference today. Keynote speakers included the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Minister for Cities, and Lord Andrew Adonis the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure.

We were delighted to welcome speakers from the private, public and civic sectors including: Cllr David Burbage (Leader Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead), Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE (Vice Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth), Dawn Baxendale (CEO Southampton City Council) and Peter Henley (Political Correspondent BBCTV South).

The event was hosted by Professor Joy Carter, the Chair of GuildHE, and sponsored by Zamir telecom.

Related links:

6th form students celebrate launch of SPC

Winchester MP supports SPC launch

About the Southern Policy Centre