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How can the central South benefit from the government’s new devolution plans?

How can the central South benefit from the government’s new devolution plans? Seminar Notes 9th July 2020 Download a copy of the report here. Panel members: Stewart Dunn, Chair, Southern Policy Centre Professor John Denham, Director, Southern Policy Centre Mark Sandford, Senior Research Analyst, House of Commons Library Nick King, Centre for Policy Studies Cllr Vikki Slade, Leader, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council Presentations: Professor John Denham, Director, Southern Policy Centre   A White Paper is expected before the end…

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Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth   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 move into a new economic environment.  We heard a wealth of evidence of how city and town centres are being re-shaped, innovative steps are being taken…

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 and…

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 presentations and key discussion points are summarised 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,…

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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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Recovery in the Central South: An update

In June 2020, the Southern Policy Centre published Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth. That report summarised the conclusions of a series of online consultations with key players from business, economic development, local authorities, further and higher education and the voluntary sector. It focused on priorities for economic recovery for the central South in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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About Southern Policy Centre

About Southern Policy Centre The Southern Policy Centre (SPC) was established in 2014 as the only independent think tank and policy forum for central southern England.  We focus broadly on the region from Dorset to West Sussex and the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire. We aim to offer ideas and encourage debate on how we can improve our economy, environment and communities. SPC is a small organisation which operates as a not-for-profit enterprise. All our projects are funded by sponsorship.…

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