Simon Eden

Simon Eden

Simon is a public policy consultant and a Director of the Southern Policy Centre, the think-tank for the central South. Originally from London, Simon began his career as a research biologist before joining the Civil Service, where he worked on local government funding and policy. In 1999 he was appointed Assistant Chief Executive of Southampton City Council and became Director of Sustainability & Development in 2001. In 2003 Simon was appointed Chief Executive of Winchester City Council. He led the Council for 13 years before leaving to become a policy wonk all over again.

Is there a strategy for the central South? September 2019 conference Briefing Note

Is there a strategy for the central South? September 2019 conference Briefing Note Briefing Note from the Southern Policy Centre – download a copy here The challenge This project was prompted by widely shared fears that central southern England is neither gaining the resources and power of other regions, nor promoting itself effectively to private investors. Two years ago, former Norther Powerhouse Minister Lord Jim O’Neill told us[1] the central South had failed to identify clear priorities and distinctive outcomes. …

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Levelling up and devolution: what might it mean for the central South

Levelling up and devolution: what might it mean for the central South ‘Levelling up’ – ensuring there is equality of opportunity across all parts of the United Kingdom – is a key theme for Boris Johnson’s Government. We are promised a White Paper in the autumn which will address regional disparities and put forward proposals to give those who feel they’ve been left behind the chance to catch up. There is a perception in some quarters that we can achieve…

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Deliberative Democracy: exploring fresh approaches to consultation

Deliberative Democracy: exploring fresh approaches to consultation Introduction Test Valley Borough Council led a Government-funded pilot to explore how a deliberative approach could inform decision-making on important local policy and service issues. Following that pilot the Council are keen to adopt that model for citizen engagement where it offers the best approach to informing decision-making. The Council commissioned the Southern Policy Centre to lead a seminar designed to help their senior managers understand how deliberative democracy works and discuss when…

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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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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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