Ruth Eastwood

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 the…

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Southern Powerhouse: lessons to learn from Manchester

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, joined the Southern Policy Centre and the Winchester Business School to discuss Manchester’s experience of devolution so far (‘Devo-Manc’). The day was kindly supported by PwC. Here are five important lessons that those building devolution deals in southern England can take from the Greater Manchester experience so far: 1. It takes time Devolution is a process built on talking and planning between equal partners. It requires a unified political voice asking for…

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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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Good work in the open data community

A guest post from local open data expert Mark Braggins originally published on data.gov.uk The post provides an excellent overview of some of the innovative open data work underway in our region. In my previous post I argued that a combination of ‘chance’ and open data can lead to good stuff happening. I supplied a few examples, and also mentioned ‘engineering serendipity’, where ‘chance’ is given a bit of a boost. In this post, I’m going to rattle through a few updates,…

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