Devolution

Blog posts relating to the Southern Policy Centre’s work on devolution

Is there a strategy for the central South? Conference to launch SPC’s research report

On 20 September SPC will introduce their research on whether the variety of plans and strategies published by councils and LEPs across the central South together present a clear narrative about our ambitions for the future. Evidence from across England suggests that those areas which consistently tell a clear, simple story about their shared ambitions and priorities win additional support from Government, and have a more powerful voice in securing public and private investment. The Conference, to be held at…

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Is there a strategy for the central South? 2019 Seminar findings and reports

Is there a strategy for the central South? 2019 Seminar findings and reports Three seminars were held in 2019 as part of the Regional Strategy Project to focus on the various challenges facing the central South.  Seminar 1 focused on the Economic Challenge; Seminar 2 discussed spaces for business; Seminar 3 looked at critical infrastructures. We would like to thank Barker Mill Estates, Build Environment Communications Group (BECG), Blake Morgan, Hampshire County Council and Carey’s Manor for their support. The…

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LEPs and the central South: a summary of our breakfast seminar in conjunction with PwC

Since their establishment in 2010, Local Enterprise Partnerships have been integral to economic growth across England, providing a channel for government investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation. A joint Southern Policy Centre/PwC seminar held at the beginning of December exploredhow our local LEPs see their future role and discussed how they can help fulfil the needs of the Central South of England. Julian Gray of PwC opened the discussion by suggesting that the urban South Coast was a great place…

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SPC announces new devolution project – ‘A strategy for the central South?’

Is there a strategy for the central South? A new SPC project. November 2018. There is a widely-shared fear that central southern England is not attracting the additional resources and powers that are being enjoyed in other regions. The former Treasury Minister, Lord Jim O’Neill, has criticised previous devolution proposals from central southern England, saying that they failed to identify clear priorities and distinctive outcomes for the area.[1]It is clear that progress in the future will depend on developing a…

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The Budget and the Industrial Strategy: Why the Central South needs to get back on track

The Budget and the Industrial Strategy: Why the Central South needs to get back on track November 22nd’s Budget has been criticised as being timid, and lacking in new ideas. However, it did at least have a few things to say about investment to support growth. From the National Productivity Investment Fund or Transforming Cities Fund through to plans for investment in housing and innovation, and proposals for regional ‘tech hubs’, it gave some indication of the Government’s future focus.…

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