Ruth Eastwood

Assembly South report

Assembly South report Introduction Assembly South was part of an important new experiment in how to organise democracy effectively. It consisted of a group of 23 citizens and 6 councillors from the Solent and Isle of Wight area who met in Southampton over two weekends in October and November 2015 to discuss the future of local governance. The aim was to select the citizens randomly to be broadly representative of the local adult population. During the two weekends, they learned…

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Using data as a policy maker: resource pack

A resource pack for open data/policy, following on from the using data as a policy maker event we recently ran. Agenda The Bendigo Story – links to web sites Mark Braggins – Open Data Aha! Chris Cooper – Flood Event Model Tom Smith – Stories from building and using the Index of Multiple Deprivation Nquiringminds Southern Policy Centre Hampshire Hub Update

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Devo-South: a report on devolution and business

Devo-South: a report on devolution and business What are the challenges facing southern England, how can devolution empower local leadership to tackle them, and what do business leaders make of the opportunities offered by the government’s decentralisation agenda? Download the full report here BUSINESS is backing the idea of devolution in the South and wants to have a say in what it could mean for the region, according to a major new report commissioned by Business South. Business leaders across…

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Citizens Assembly: opening up devolution in the south

Solent citizens debate plans for Hampshire devolution, in UK’s first ‘Citizens’ Assembly’   But residents want devolution process to be opened up to the public The Southern Policy Centre helped to organise the first assembly of ordinary residents in southern England to discuss devolution in their area. The assembly pilot was concurrent with a partner assembly in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The results: Citizens at this ground-breaking initiative strongly endorsed the idea that any new devolved body should cover the Hampshire and…

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Sir Richard Leese on the Devo-Manc experience

A Southern Powerhouse? That’s the issue that Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and key player in the ‘Devo Manc’ deal, will be addressing for us at the University of Winchester Business School. Sir Richard will be well placed to give an insight into the negotiation of the devolution agreement, Manchester’s role in the ‘northern powerhouse’ and how the combined authorities intend to use their new powers. John Denham, Chair of the SPC, will chair the event. Wednesday…

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