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Let’s make cities in the central South greener, healthier and wilder: the Southampton National City Park project

Let’s make cities in the central South greener, healthier and wilder: the Southampton National City Park project This is a guest blog by Milo Maguire from the Southampton National Park City project. The content of this post is solely the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of the Southern Policy Centre. Let’s make cities in the central South greener, healthier and wilder: the Southampton National City Park project  National Park city is an…

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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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Levelling up: making the case for investment in the central South

Levelling up: making the case for investment in the central South This new report from Southern Policy Centre asks whether the central South risks losing out to areas in the Midlands and the North in the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. There is a widely held assumption that all areas in the supposedly affluent South East experience the positive effects of prosperity but SPC research suggests that some areas of the population experience poor life chances similar to those found in…

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