The Smith Institute’s report on the Great House Price Divide, which we published today, shows how house prices in England and Wales have changed in 179 areas over the past six years. While in inner London prices have risen by more than 30%, in most other parts of the country prices have fallen sharply – by 15% in the Midlands and by over 20% in the North. In Hartlepool prices are 48% below what they were in 2007; in Liverpool 33% down; in Lancashire 25% down; in Sheffield 18% down; in Birmingham 14% down; in Derby 18% down; and in Greater Manchester 17% down.
December 2013 - NewStart
As austerity set in, 2013 became for many a year of creative disruption. Of shedding old practices and trying out new ones. Of discovering new ways to tackle entrenched social problems, rethink public services and renew tired economics. New Start asked five experts to give their verdicts on what good, if any, has come from this period of renewal and change.
ISSUE 517, DECEMBER 2013 *SPECIAL FOCUS ON CREATIVE DISRUPTION*
It's been a year of innovation and change for local economies and communities as they sought new ideas to create jobs, revitalise democracy and alleviate poverty. Here's the best from our Ten Ideas for Change series:
Of course it helps to have a common enemy. In this case there was united agreement that the higher levels of local government did not give their town a fair crack of the whip. Their determination to see a fairer deal for their town united them; with only periodic elections forcing them to polarise towards their political ideals. Why can’t Westminster politics be like this?
Jim Diers has been involved in asset-based community development (ABCD) since the 1970s. He’s seen how places can be transformed by giving communities the freedom to take control and make the most of their assets. Here he talks to New Start about the power of community-building and how the time is now ripe for a changed dynamic between citizens and the state.
As traditional libraries continue to close their doors, can a new vision of a library build community and creativity in Colchester?
In the third in a series of essays on Poverty in the UK, commissioned by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Prospect magazine, Neal Lawson makes the case for a new welfare society for an age of insecurity
We need better relationships across the public, private and social sectors to improve social outcomes, and social value commissioning offers a route to making this happen. In a context in which public service reform is frequently reduced to the politics of efficiency and fiscal correction, we need to sustain the argument that long-term gains are to be found in supporting citizens to be independent, productive and socially mobile.
There is a now a very clear message that the UK is open for new banks and that local authorities have options they could only dream of in the past! The question now is how many of them are aware of the new opportunities to do much more than just find a safe haven for reserves. Those same reserves could be leveraged to fuel local economies and drive much needed revenue to provision local authority services.