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Creativity, Culture and Place

Creativity, Culture and Place: Background paper Project aim The Southern Policy Centre has been commissioned by the Partnership for South Hampshire to explore the role the creative and cultural sector plays in the central South. We’ll be following a two-stage approach: 1. Seminar for senior policy-makers on 10th June to: understand the contribution cultural organisations and creative industries can make to realising the region’s ambitions for its economy and communities explore our priorities in supporting the sector discuss the broad…

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Levelling Up White Paper: a response from the central South

Levelling Up White Paper: a response from the central South In mid-March, the Southern Policy Centre held a webinar to discuss the Government’s Levelling Up and Devolution White Paper [1]with speakers from local councils, business and national think tanks. Here SPC Director John Denham reflects on some of the challenges facing our local authorities as they respond to the White Paper. Public debate about local devolution and levelling up has inevitably been a bit muted for the past few weeks…

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Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life

Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life Introduction The University of Winchester and Southern Policy Centre have been working together to encourage what we believe is a timely and important debate about how we can secure a better life for all members of society. On 26th January the University hosted the third in a series of seminars exploring aspects of our health and wellbeing at different stages of life, this one looking at how we can give…

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Re-imagining our city centres: one year on

Re-imagining our city centres: one year on In November 2020 SPC and Blake Morgan launched a report exploring the future of our city centres. For some time now we have seen changes in retail driven by on-line shopping. That fuelled a policy debate about the future of the ‘High Street.’ The pandemic accelerated that trend and brought new worries: more people working at home, fewer (or no) customers for cinemas, theatres and restaurants, people deserting public transport. Our report suggested…

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Briefing-Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life

Starting Well Southern Policy Centre has been exploring the health and well-being of communities in the central South: what will allow everyone to enjoy full and active lives. In a series of three seminars hosted jointly with the University of Winchester, we aimed to encourage a wider discussion and debate about our society and how we can secure a better life for all. The first seminar in 2018 discussed how our society’s demographic make-up is changing, with a growing proportion…

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