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Levelling Up White Paper: a response from the central South

Levelling Up White Paper: a response from the central South In mid-March, the Southern Policy Centre held a webinar to discuss the Government’s Levelling Up and Devolution White Paper [1]with speakers from local councils, business and national think tanks. Here SPC Director John Denham reflects on some of the challenges facing our local authorities as they respond to the White Paper. Public debate about local devolution and levelling up has inevitably been a bit muted for the past few weeks…

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Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life

Starting Well: giving young people the best chance in life Introduction The University of Winchester and Southern Policy Centre have been working together to encourage what we believe is a timely and important debate about how we can secure a better life for all members of society. On 26th January the University hosted the third in a series of seminars exploring aspects of our health and wellbeing at different stages of life, this one looking at how we can give…

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Re-imagining our city centres: one year on

Re-imagining our city centres: one year on In November 2020 SPC and Blake Morgan launched a report exploring the future of our city centres. For some time now we have seen changes in retail driven by on-line shopping. That fuelled a policy debate about the future of the ‘High Street.’ The pandemic accelerated that trend and brought new worries: more people working at home, fewer (or no) customers for cinemas, theatres and restaurants, people deserting public transport. Our report suggested…

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Let’s make cities in the central South greener, healthier and wilder: the Southampton National City Park project

Let’s make cities in the central South greener, healthier and wilder: the Southampton National City Park project This is a guest blog by Milo Maguire from the Southampton National Park City project. The content of this post is solely the opinion of the author and does not necessarily reflect the opinions and beliefs of the Southern Policy Centre. Let’s make cities in the central South greener, healthier and wilder: the Southampton National City Park project  National Park city is an…

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Life after Covid – Building Back Fairer in the South

Life after Covid – Building Back Fairer in the South This is a guest blog by Councillor Dave Shields who is currently Southampton City Councillor for the Freemantle Ward. Dave was born, raised and educated in Southampton. Leaving full time school education at 17 he held a number of jobs – including a zoo-keeper, accounts clerk with a local shipping company and clerical officer at the Census Office – before moving to London to study for a degree. Dave was…

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