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Perspectives on Devo-South

1. The bids so far and mapping out our challenges Our most recent research report for Business South looked at the challenges and opportunities in central southern England – incorporating some great maps from OS – and analysed the bids so far as well as the government’s own proposals. This assessment was compared to the views of key business leaders in the region who we interviewed about their priorities for devolution. See more here. 2. The citizens’ voice Over October and…

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Devo-South: a report on devolution and business

Devo-South: a report on devolution and business What are the challenges facing southern England, how can devolution empower local leadership to tackle them, and what do business leaders make of the opportunities offered by the government’s decentralisation agenda? Download the full report here BUSINESS is backing the idea of devolution in the South and wants to have a say in what it could mean for the region, according to a major new report commissioned by Business South. Business leaders across…

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Greg Clark, devolution, challenges and opportunities

Greg Clark, devolution, challenges and opportunities This blog piece was originally published on the 24th June on the Platform 10 campaigning blog. Although Platform 10 aligns itself with the Conservative Party, the Southern Policy Centre is non-party political. Greg Clark has engineered a powerful decentralising bill that will provide the cities, towns and counties of England and Wales with the chance to take on the big domestic challenges of our time. How creative and effective will each area be in…

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Beyond Caring? The South and the collapse of Adult Social Care

Using data reported nationally, and drawn from council and administrative systems, the briefing identifies a major drop in the number of adults being cared for by local authorities suggesting that those who are old or face disabilities will encounter increasing challenges in the coming 5 years. Notably SPC observes that where you live really matters: for example Bournemouth Council has successfully collaborated with Dorset and Poole councils to respond to the increasing needs it faces. Meanwhile in other areas the…

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Immigration in Southampton

Immigration is one of the most topical issues in Southampton. On Saturday 13th December 2014, local citizens attended the Southampton Conversation to discuss immigration policy with fellow citizens and experts. After all, everyone has a view on immigration. What we found was that people’s views changed after becoming better informed and more engaged with the issues. And people even developed their own policies to tackle some of the issues raised. This was the first in our new Deliberative Polling project. At…

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