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‘A great place to live…if you can afford it’

The Central South is recognised as having some of the highest housing costs outside London. Our report, undertaken on behalf of Enterprise M3 LEP and Radian housing association, reviews the cost of house rental and purchase in our region and quantifies those costs, showing how they have increased in recent years. It also explores the impacts of those costs on the affordability of housing, on patterns of rental and purchase, and on commuting behaviour. At the heart of this study…

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House prices in the Central South risk damaging public services

House prices in the Central South risk damaging public services Public services may be at risk because key workers cannot afford to live in the region, research by the Southern Policy Centre has revealed. House prices across Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and Wiltshire are already among the highest in the UK outside London. Quite how affordable they are to local workers is measured by the ratio of the average* house prices in an area to the average salary earned by…

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What might Hampshire look like in 2050?

Hampshire County Council (HCC) has established the 2050 Commission of Inquiry to explore what our collective future might look like and how we might prepare for it. The Southern Policy Centre was asked by HCC to help the Commission understand the drivers of Societal Change – looking at how local and national policies have shaped where we are today and what will shape the future for our communities, as well as highlighting emerging trends that will impact on how residents will live…

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Deprivation in the South

Despite its perceived affluence relative to other parts of the UK, pockets of severe multiple deprivation exist across the South Coast region. This research offers a timely corrective to over-simplistic ideas of an English North-South divide by highlighting the significance of ‘hidden’ deprivation in affluent areas. It also provides some depth and nuance to our understanding of the broader effects of deprivation, which is relevant to the ongoing debate about the ‘left behind’ in Britain and the drivers of social…

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Lord Jim O’Neill’s speech to Devolution South conference

Earlier this year Lord Jim O’Neill was the keynote speaker at the Southern Policy Centre’s ‘Devo South: Getting Back on Track’ conference.  His speech to delegates can be seen here: The full transcript of the speech can also be seen below. “Good morning, thank you Stuart, and thank you John for inviting me.  As I said, it was back some time when this idea was first brought to me, and I said to John [Denham] – and I’ll deliberately repeat…

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