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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…

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Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth

Recovery in the central South: collaboration for growth   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 move into a new economic environment.  We heard a wealth of evidence of how city and town centres are being re-shaped, innovative steps are being taken…

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 and…

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. This research 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 is relevant to the ongoing debate about the ‘left behind’ in Britain and the drivers of social…

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People living in nested deprivation are not so much the ‘Left Behind’ as the ‘Never Acknowledged’

A new concept of nested deprivation – deprivation that occurs in a row of flats within neighbourhoods that are otherwise affluent is explored in a new paper published by the University of Southampton, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in partnership with the Southern Policy Centre: ‘Place-based Politics and Nested Deprivation in the U.K.: Beyond Cities-towns, ‘Two Englands’ and the ‘Left Behind’’ published in April 2020 in the Journal of Representative Democracy.

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Young People’s Experiences During the COVID 19 Crisis

Local young people are hidden victims in this pandemic. They do not receive as much help as others as they are not seen as a priority during this crisis. These young people are more likely to suffer serious hardship during the present situation as they are often in less secure employment with zero-hour contracts and in accommodation where landlords are refusing to reduce rents. Many who are in education feeling unsupported and anxious of how their future is going to…

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Tomorrow’s City Centres. How can we bring our city centres back to life after lockdown?

Before we had even heard of Covid-19 our city centres in the central South – Bournemouth, Poole, Portsmouth, Southampton and Winchester – were already facing some real challenges: declining footfall, shops closing and, of course, competition from internet retailers. The ‘lockdown’ introduced to help us control the virus has made matters even more challenging. Right now our city centres seem empty of life. Before the current crisis, SPC were exploring how our city centres are changing in a project sponsored…

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How can the Central South’s city centres successfully survive change?

Living in cities Archaeologists tell us that the world’s first city developed in Mesopotamia, modern-day Iraq, over 6,000 years ago. At the heart of those emerging cities was space for people to meet, trade and worship. The UN has estimated there are now 4,500 cities with populations of over 150,000 in the world, with more than half the world’s populations living in urban areas. The UK Government recognises 64 cities which are each home to more than 125,000 people. The…

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How can central South’s city centres successfully survive change?

Our cities are facing many challenges: expensive and poor quality housing, greater social inequalities and rising crime are regular news topics. Our city centres, once the great gathering points for communities and home to markets, theatres, museums, and public services are now threatened by huge changes in how we shop and spend our leisure time. Blake Morgan wants to understand how cities in the Central South are responding to these challenges and have asked us to explore what the future…

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