Devolution: strategy for the central South

Devolution: strategy for the central South

The development of a strategy for the central South, sponsored by Barker Mill Estates is a key component of our work. There is a need to persuade government that our region is critical for the entire UK but has challenges of its own. The Southern Policy Centre provides analysis and support to local authorities to help them plan for the right devolved powers. We also work with businesses, the third sector and citizen-led initiatives which means working with everyone in the region to get the powers that suit our needs. Our work on regional strategy and collaboration has aimed to highlight the potential gains from the development of a strong regional narrative which can provide the basis for practical cooperation between local authorities and other organisations. More than ever, regions and localities will need a strong sense of place and purpose; they will need a clear and distinctive vision and ambitions.

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How can the central South benefit from the government’s new devolution plans?

How can the central South benefit from the government’s new devolution plans? Seminar Notes 9th July 2020 Download a copy of the report here. Panel members: Stewart Dunn, Chair, Southern Policy Centre Professor John Denham, Director, Southern Policy Centre Mark Sandford, Senior Research Analyst, House of Commons Library Nick King, Centre for Policy Studies Cllr Vikki Slade, Leader, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council Presentations: Professor John Denham, Director, Southern Policy Centre   A White Paper is expected before the end…

Making the most of devolution

Making the most of devolution The Southern Policy Centre’s seminar ‘What does the central South want from devolution?’ drew in regional leaders from local government, business, and further and higher education. The presentation is available here. With a number of related media stories and government announcements since the seminar, it’s worth looking at how any government plans might help us tackle the wider challenges facing the region and its leaders. As the seminar made clear, formal devolution – usually badged…

Briefing Note from the Southern Policy Centre

Briefing Note from the Southern Policy Centre. What next for devolution in central southern England? July 2020. Download a copy of the report here. With a new devolution White Paper likely to be published soon, it seems Ministers will make devolution to our larger cities and regions part of their planning for economic recovery. In 2019 the Southern Policy Centre explored whether the central South can be seen as a coherent region, analysing the published plans and strategies of LEPs…

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…

Is there a strategy for the central south?

Introduction Three seminars are being held as part of the Regional Strategy Project to focus on the various challenges facing the central south. 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 project’s conclusions will be presented to a conference at Carey’s Manor, Brockenhurst, on September 20th. For invitation requests please email us here. The following documents are working documents to stimulate discussion. We…

Devolution in the South: reboot needed

Simon Eden, SPC Associate, on how the South needs to re-imagine its approach to devolution: November 2017 Devolution across the UK has proceeded in fits and starts.  Some councils and their partners embraced the process early, and came out with devolution deals which delivered financial support, greater autonomy and, in some cases, new powers.  Others came late, and got stuck in a ‘traffic jam’ of bids which sat on Ministers’ desks.  The Brexit referendum, a change of Prime Minister and…

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

‘Devo South: Getting Back on Track’ conference In November 2017 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…

Devolution in central Southern England: British Academy Round Table

Devolution in central Southern England: British Academy Round Table In March 2017 as part of a series of events across the country organised by the British Academy as part of the Governing England programme, a discussion at Winchester Cathedral visitor centre took place just a week after the new Isle of Wight Council leader indicated his opposition to the Solent Combined Authority proposal despite the recent publication of a consultation which found significant public support for it. John Denham, Chair…

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