Ruth Eastwood

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Citizens decide: grants and commissioning budgets in Southampton

Citizens decide: grants and commissioning budgets in Southampton Southampton City Council has established a People’s Panel, made up of residents who are interested in taking part in consultations and other opportunities to express their views on council services, health services and living in the city. On Saturday 4th July 2015 the Southern Policy Centre ran a deliberative polling session with some members of the People’s Panel to pilot this different way of engaging people in exploring specific issues. Southampton City…

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Why are some areas falling behind in university participation?

SPC launches major new research project into widening participation to Higher Education The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) have produced and published a set of analysis that looks into trends in HE. In particular their statistics on young participation show that there are unexplained gaps in levels of participation from area to area. The Southern Policy Centre have been commissioned by HEFCE to look more closely at five local authority wards in southern England. We want to know: Whether…

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The Open Data Institute Node for Hampshire

The Southern Policy Centre has been awarded the status of ODI Node for Hampshire As a network node for the Open Data Institute our job will be to demonstrate the value of open data to public organisations, businesses, and interested citizens across Hampshire. Our own focus will be on using open data to solve tricky public policy issues. The first major demonstrator project will be our research into why some areas of southern England are not seeing as high levels of…

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Greg Clark, devolution, challenges and opportunities

Greg Clark, devolution, challenges and opportunities This blog piece was originally published on the 24th June on the Platform 10 campaigning blog. Although Platform 10 aligns itself with the Conservative Party, the Southern Policy Centre is non-party political. Greg Clark has engineered a powerful decentralising bill that will provide the cities, towns and counties of England and Wales with the chance to take on the big domestic challenges of our time. How creative and effective will each area be in…

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Beyond Caring? The South and the collapse of Adult Social Care

Using data reported nationally, and drawn from council and administrative systems, the briefing identifies a major drop in the number of adults being cared for by local authorities suggesting that those who are old or face disabilities will encounter increasing challenges in the coming 5 years. Notably SPC observes that where you live really matters: for example Bournemouth Council has successfully collaborated with Dorset and Poole councils to respond to the increasing needs it faces. Meanwhile in other areas the…

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