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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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The Circular Economy – just how do we do that?

The Circular Economy – just how do we do that? This is a guest blog by Chas Bradfield, who recently stepped down as Strategic Director – Place at Winchester City Council after a career in the health service, local government and regeneration consultancy work. Town centre regeneration has been a passion in recent years, in particular, Camberley, Basingstoke and Winchester, building partnerships with local businesses and directing large scale regeneration schemes. Chas is currently a consultant with Citicentric, (a regeneration…

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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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Time for London and the South East to listen to Frank

Time for London and the South East to listen to Frank This is a guest post by Nick Bowes. Nick is Chief Executive of Centre for London. He was most recently the Mayoral Director of Policy at the Greater London Authority. Nick has previously worked at the Royal Society, EEF (now Make UK) and the CBI. Between 2010 and 2015, he was the Special Adviser to Sadiq Khan as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Constitutional Reform. Nick has…

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Responding and adapting to Covid-19: a Chief Executive’s reflection

Responding and adapting to Covid-19: a chief executive’s reflection This is a guest post by Paul Cox, the Chief Executive at Eastleigh College. Paul also serves on a wide range of external educational and employer bodies, including the Hampshire Principals’ Group, and the Eastleigh Consortium Heads and Principals. Paul is also a co-opted governor at Solent University. During the Coronavirus pandemic Paul also chaired the JISC and Association of Colleges national ‘Shaping the Digital Future of FE and Skills’ research that…

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