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Levelling Up

Levelling up: making the case for investment in the central South This new report from Southern Policy Centre to be launched on July 30th 2021 asks whether the central South risks losing out to areas in the Midlands and the North in the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. There is a widely held assumption that all areas in the supposedly affluent South East experience the positive effects of prosperity but SPC research suggests that some areas of the population experience poor…

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Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth Click here to read “Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth” June 2020 Click here to read “Recovery in the central South: an update” March 2021 In June 2020 following a series of consultative seminars, the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) published a short policy paper on Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth which sought to identify the key issues facing the central South when lockdown is eased and we…

Tomorrow’s City Centre

Tomorrow’s City Centre A project in partnership with Blake Morgan   On November 20th 2020, Blake Morgan and the Southern Policy Centre launched their research report exploring the future of the central South’s city centres. We were joined by Andrew Carter from the Centre for Cities and over 100 participants from across the region – representing councils, businesses and the community. Our report and the lively discussion at its launch demonstrated there is a real appetite for continuing a broad…

Poverty: Deprivation in the South

Despite its perceived affluence relative to other parts of the UK, pockets of severe multiple deprivation exist across the South Coast region. This research offers a timely corrective to over-simplistic ideas of an English North-South divide by highlighting the significance of ‘hidden’ deprivation in affluent areas. It also provides some depth and nuance to our understanding of the broader effects of deprivation, which is relevant to the ongoing debate about the ‘left behind’ in Britain and the drivers of social…

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Data Analytics & Social Care: using data to improve care outcomes

Final report from the Seminar and Workshop – 3 December 2020 In December 2020 Southern Policy Centre (SPC) and Nquiringminds (NQM) completed a 21-month project – Care Analytics. The project, supported by Innovate UK, explored how social care authorities can use Artificial Intelligence techniques and a wide range of data to guide service improvement, support decision-making and allow for more efficient use of resources. An important output was an analytic tool which used local authority date to provide detailed assessments…

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Seminar: Friday 26th February

In June 2020 the Southern Policy Centre published ‘Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth’ the result of a series of online consultations with key players from business, economic development, local authorities, further and higher education and the voluntary sector. The report focused on priorities for economic recovery for the central South in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After the challenges of 2020, this latest seminar will examine what progress has been made since the publication of our report,…

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Re-imagining Tomorrow’s City Centres: Report Launch

Re-imagining Tomorrow’s City Centres: Report Launch   “We can’t predict the future of cities, but we can invent them” Mike Batty, UCL Last week Blake Morgan and the Southern Policy Centre launched their research report exploring the future of the central South’s city centres. We were joined by Andrew Carter from the Centre for Cities and over 100 participants from across the region – representing councils, businesses and the community. A full copy of the report can be accessed here.…

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A Green Recovery: The opportunities ahead

A Green Recovery: The opportunities ahead   In July 2020, Simon Eden published a paper on green recovery in collaboration with Green Halo and Future South. The introduction to this thought-provoking discussion is reproduced below while the full document can be accessed here. 2020. Not the year we expected it to be. Whatever it was supposed to be known for, it will forever be the year we went into lockdown. COVID – for all its disruption and destruction has perhaps…

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Trauma and change: will we do things differently?

Trauma and change: will we do things differently?   In July 2020, Simon Eden published this blog in collaboration with Green Halo. In his book “The Language of Cities” Deyan Sudjic, Journalist and Director of London’s Design Museum, suggests that: “It takes trauma to make a complacent city invest in its future”. It’s only when a major crisis – from a loss of a key part of the economy to a natural disaster – shakes a place from the conviction…

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Making the most of devolution

Making the most of devolution The Southern Policy Centre’s seminar ‘What does the central South want from devolution?’ drew in regional leaders from local government, business, and further and higher education. The presentation is available here. With a number of related media stories and government announcements since the seminar, it’s worth looking at how any government plans might help us tackle the wider challenges facing the region and its leaders. As the seminar made clear, formal devolution – usually badged…

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Levelling up: making the case for investment in the central South

Levelling up: making the case for investment in the central South This new report from Southern Policy Centre asks whether the central South risks losing out to areas in the Midlands and the North in the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. There is a widely held assumption that all areas in the supposedly affluent South East experience the positive effects of prosperity but SPC research suggests that some areas of the population experience poor life chances similar to those found in…

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Levelling Up Seminar: Friday 30th July

Levelling up: making the case for investment in the central South Online seminar, Friday 30th July 2021 9.30am – 11.00am Register for the event here One of the key priorities for the Government is “levelling up”. Quite what that might mean is the subject of much debate. Things may become clearer when the promised White Paper is published, but many fear the central South risks losing out to the North and Midlands, notwithstanding the challenges many of our communities face.…

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The arts and culture – building momentum beyond the pandemic?

The arts and culture – building momentum beyond the pandemic? This is a guest post by Jane Bryant who recently stepped down as Chief Executive of Artswork. Jane is currently Chair of Winchester Poetry Festival and a Trustee of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy (UK). She is also an active practising musician and conducts two choirs in Hampshire. The content of this post is solely the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of the Southern Policy…

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Complete our Business, Environment and Society Survey

Business, Environment and Society Survey Complete our Business, Environment and Society survey here.   Southern Policy Centre, with support from Terence O’Rourke, are undertaking a study to explore the views of businesses across the central South. We will examine how local businesses see their responsibilities towards the environment and society. We believe it’s a valuable piece of work which should help us understand how we can shape the best recovery for the central South over the coming months and years, helping…

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New Projects for 2021

New Projects for 2021 Southern Policy Centre seeks to address the unique challenges of the central South through independent policy research by creating a neutral space to think.  In 2021 we begin work on a number of exciting new projects: Business, environment & society Working with Terence O’Rourke Ltd, this project aims to explore how businesses across the region see their role in contributing to society’s wider environmental and social objectives. It is widely believed that after a year of…

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