Ruth Eastwood

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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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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People living in nested deprivation are not so much the ‘Left Behind’ as the ‘Never Acknowledged’

A new concept of nested deprivation – deprivation that occurs in a row of flats within neighbourhoods that are otherwise affluent is explored in a new paper published by the University of Southampton, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in partnership with the Southern Policy Centre: ‘Place-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’’ published in April 2020 in the Journal of Representative Democracy.

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Young People’s Experiences During the COVID 19 Crisis

Local young people are hidden victims in this pandemic. They do not receive as much help as others as they are not seen as a priority during this crisis. These young people are more likely to suffer serious hardship during the present situation as they are often in less secure employment with zero-hour contracts and in accommodation where landlords are refusing to reduce rents. Many who are in education feeling unsupported and anxious of how their future is going to…

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