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Levelling Up

Levelling up: making the case for investment in the central South This new report from Southern Policy Centre was launched on July 30th 2021 and asks whether the central South risks losing out to areas in the Midlands and the North in the Government’s Levelling Up agenda. There is a widely held assumption that all areas in the supposedly affluent South East experience the positive effects of prosperity but SPC research suggests that some areas of the population experience poor…

Tomorrow’s City Centre

Tomorrow’s City Centre A project in partnership with Blake Morgan   On November 20th 2020, Blake Morgan and the Southern Policy Centre launched their research report exploring the future of the central South’s city centres. We were joined by Andrew Carter from the Centre for Cities and over 100 participants from across the region – representing councils, businesses and the community. Our report and the lively discussion at its launch demonstrated there is a real appetite for continuing a broad…

Poverty: Deprivation in the South

Poverty: 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. The 2018 report ‘Making ends meet: The lived experience of poverty in the south’ 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…

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Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth Click here to read “Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth” June 2020 Click here to read “Recovery in the central South: an update” March 2021 In June 2020 following a series of consultative seminars, the Southern Policy Centre (SPC) published a short policy paper on Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth which sought to identify the key issues facing the central South when lockdown is eased and we…

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The think tank and policy forum for central southern England

New approaches to long term challenges Why does central southern England need new focus? Central southern England stretches broadly from Dorset to West Sussex, and the Isle of Wight to Oxfordshire. The region has had little public policy focus despite facing challenges distinct from both the metropolis and other English regions. Our public spending per head is low though we face the triple costs of deprived urban areas, rurality and an ageing population. Average incomes are above the national average but this…

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Launch of the Southern Policy Centre

Southern Policy Centre launches with BBC coverage and ministerial backing The Southern Policy Centre was launched at a major regional conference today. Keynote speakers included the Rt Hon Greg Clark, Minister for Cities, and Lord Andrew Adonis the Shadow Minister for Infrastructure. We were delighted to welcome speakers from the private, public and civic sectors including: Cllr David Burbage (Leader Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead), Professor Stuart Bartholomew CBE (Vice Chancellor of Arts University Bournemouth), Dawn Baxendale (CEO Southampton…

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