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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…

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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…

Tomorrow’s City Centre

Tomorrow’s City Centre: How are our cities evolving? SPC and Blake Morgan are hosting an online seminar on Tuesday 11th January at 9.30 am to follow up on our 2020 report on Tomorrow’s City Centre. We’ll discuss what’s changed in our city centres, driven by the pandemic as well as wider social and economic pressures. Register for the free seminar here Tomorrow’s City Centre       A project in partnership with Blake Morgan                   On November 20th…

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Business, Environment and Society

Doing the right thing: How the central South’s businesses see their environmental and social responsibilities The Southern Policy Centre have been supported by Terence O’Rourke ltd in exploring how businesses in the Central South see their environmental and social responsibilities. This is particularly pertinent as we try to understand how the Covid-19 crisis has changed our society, and how we are responding to major ecological challenges of climate change and the risk of ecosystem collapse. The report was launched on…

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Levelling up and devolution: what might it mean for the central South

Levelling up and devolution: what might it mean for the central South ‘Levelling up’ – ensuring there is equality of opportunity across all parts of the United Kingdom – is a key theme for Boris Johnson’s Government. We are promised a White Paper in the autumn which will address regional disparities and put forward proposals to give those who feel they’ve been left behind the chance to catch up. There is a perception in some quarters that we can achieve…

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The Circular Economy – just how do we do that?

The Circular Economy – just how do we do that? This is a guest blog by Chas Bradfield, who recently stepped down as Strategic Director – Place at Winchester City Council after a career in the health service, local government and regeneration consultancy work. Town centre regeneration has been a passion in recent years, in particular, Camberley, Basingstoke and Winchester, building partnerships with local businesses and directing large scale regeneration schemes. Chas is currently a consultant with Citicentric, (a regeneration…

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Deliberative Democracy: exploring fresh approaches to consultation

Deliberative Democracy: exploring fresh approaches to consultation Introduction Test Valley Borough Council led a Government-funded pilot to explore how a deliberative approach could inform decision-making on important local policy and service issues. Following that pilot the Council are keen to adopt that model for citizen engagement where it offers the best approach to informing decision-making. The Council commissioned the Southern Policy Centre to lead a seminar designed to help their senior managers understand how deliberative democracy works and discuss when…

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Time for London and the South East to listen to Frank

Time for London and the South East to listen to Frank This is a guest post by Nick Bowes. Nick is Chief Executive of Centre for London. He was most recently the Mayoral Director of Policy at the Greater London Authority. Nick has previously worked at the Royal Society, EEF (now Make UK) and the CBI. Between 2010 and 2015, he was the Special Adviser to Sadiq Khan as Shadow Secretary of State for Justice and Constitutional Reform. Nick has…

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Responding and adapting to Covid-19: a Chief Executive’s reflection

Responding and adapting to Covid-19: a chief executive’s reflection This is a guest post by Paul Cox, the Chief Executive at Eastleigh College. Paul also serves on a wide range of external educational and employer bodies, including the Hampshire Principals’ Group, and the Eastleigh Consortium Heads and Principals. Paul is also a co-opted governor at Solent University. During the Coronavirus pandemic Paul also chaired the JISC and Association of Colleges national ‘Shaping the Digital Future of FE and Skills’ research that…

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