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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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Hancock’s health reforms – lessons from history

Hancock’s Health Reforms – lessons from history When Matt Hancock announced that Integrated Care Systems would see ‘the NHS and local councils take decisions about local health together’ it rang a bell. A quick internet search and there it was, in the NHS Plan 2000: ‘For the first time, social services and the NHS will come together with new agreements to pool resources.’  According to the current Health Secretary’s White Paper ‘integrating care has meant more people are seeing the benefits of…

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Data Analytics & Social Care: using data to improve care outcomes

Final report from the Seminar and Workshop – 3 December 2020 In December 2020 Southern Policy Centre (SPC) and Nquiringminds (NQM) completed a 21-month project – Care Analytics. The project, supported by Innovate UK, explored how social care authorities can use Artificial Intelligence techniques and a wide range of data to guide service improvement, support decision-making and allow for more efficient use of resources. An important output was an analytic tool which used local authority date to provide detailed assessments…

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Re-imagining Tomorrow’s City Centres: Report Launch

Re-imagining Tomorrow’s City Centres: Report Launch   “We can’t predict the future of cities, but we can invent them” Mike Batty, UCL Last week 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. A full copy of the report can be accessed here.…

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A Green Recovery: The opportunities ahead

A Green Recovery: The opportunities ahead   In July 2020, Simon Eden published a paper on green recovery in collaboration with Green Halo and Future South. The introduction to this thought-provoking discussion is reproduced below while the full document can be accessed here. 2020. Not the year we expected it to be. Whatever it was supposed to be known for, it will forever be the year we went into lockdown. COVID – for all its disruption and destruction has perhaps…

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Trauma and change: will we do things differently?

Trauma and change: will we do things differently?   In July 2020, Simon Eden published this blog in collaboration with Green Halo. In his book “The Language of Cities” Deyan Sudjic, Journalist and Director of London’s Design Museum, suggests that: “It takes trauma to make a complacent city invest in its future”. It’s only when a major crisis – from a loss of a key part of the economy to a natural disaster – shakes a place from the conviction…

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