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Can Graduates fuel recovery in the central South?

In a report published earlier this month the Resolution Foundation argued that one consequence of economic recession is the challenge those leaving full time education will face in finding jobs.[i] The ‘lockdown’ in response to the threat of the Covid-19 virus is pushing the UK into one of the deepest recessions we have seen for many years,[ii] and the Foundation suggest that up to 640,000 under 25s could face unemployment. The Institute of Student Employers found that by early May…

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People living in nested deprivation are not so much the ‘Left Behind’ as the ‘Never Acknowledged’

A new concept of nested deprivation – deprivation that occurs in a row of flats within neighbourhoods that are otherwise affluent is explored in a new paper published by the University of Southampton, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in partnership with the Southern Policy Centre: ‘Place-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’’ published in April 2020 in the Journal of Representative Democracy.

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Young People’s Experiences During the COVID 19 Crisis

Local young people are hidden victims in this pandemic. They do not receive as much help as others as they are not seen as a priority during this crisis. These young people are more likely to suffer serious hardship during the present situation as they are often in less secure employment with zero-hour contracts and in accommodation where landlords are refusing to reduce rents. Many who are in education feeling unsupported and anxious of how their future is going to…

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Tomorrow’s City Centres. How can we bring our city centres back to life after lockdown?

Before we had even heard of Covid-19 our city centres in the central South – Bournemouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester – were already facing some real challenges: declining footfall, shops closing and, of course, competition from internet retailers. The ‘lockdown’ introduced to help us control the virus has made matters even more challenging. Right now our city centres seem empty of life. Before the current crisis, SPC were exploring how our city centres are changing in a project sponsored…

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How can central South’s city centres successfully survive change?

Our cities are facing many challenges: expensive and poor quality housing, greater social inequalities and rising crime are regular news topics. Our city centres, once the great gathering points for communities and home to markets, theatres, museums, and public services are now threatened by huge changes in how we shop and spend our leisure time. Blake Morgan wants to understand how cities in the Central South are responding to these challenges and have asked us to explore what the future…

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