Much of the old architecture for helping disadvantaged neighbourhoods has disappeared and there has been a big debate in the sector about the government’s strategy for regeneration.
March 2012 - NewStart
Efficiency without love creates the conditions for loneliness and isolation. This a form of robbery of the right to be a child. In the long term, it robs the person of the capacity to be, and to flourish. In the long term, this is a public cost.
As England’s regional development agencies prepare to close their doors for the last time, is it time to shift our focus away from regional inequalities and the north/south divide and towards an equitable vision for all places in the UK? Clare Goff reports
Nicolas Wallet explains how a project involving universities across Europe is bridging the gap between higher education and economic development and ensuring knowledge is shared
Let every local authority area develop a set of indicators that form the baseline evidence and barometer of wellbeing and use it to hold local authorities and LEPs to account. Let it stand on an independent website co-owned by a network of local third sector bodies.
If one goes into glass half full mode for a moment, suspends disbelief and conjures up at least some cash to make a reality of it; there is something refreshing about a locally driven, collective, planned response which emphasises civic roles and people as citizens not just consumers.
Money brought into the country due to deprivation in areas such as the north west can be spent anywhere within England. This means a staggering €756m (last programme figure) could be diverted from the NW and spent in affluent parts of the south east if the government believed that would generate the growth it desires.
The government is arguing that when the public sector pays women more than the private sector it’s not only a problem, but a problem requiring intervention. What if the public sector is just paying its women employees a fair wage?
Any attempt to tackle deprivation and create better places should be focused on harnessing and strengthening the skills and capacity of local people. They’re the real stars of the show, and they’ll still be there when the cameras are off.
This Budget is mostly about incentives and competition for funds. It reveals a government which lacks economic development acumen and strategy.