I am not optimistic about the odds, as I see that economic public policy is stuck in the paradigm of the last, industrial-based century, and being led by people who are comfortable with a narrow understanding of the power and potential of what economic development can be - multi-faceted, interdisciplinary, and integrated - for greater results than we currently see.
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Early intervention can play a key role in helping people to return to work after sickness. Heather Downey describes the story of one person helped by Nottinghamshire Fit for Work Service
Indy Johar is co-founder of architectural practice 00:/. Through the launch of projects including the Compendium for the Civic Economy, the Civic Crowd and HubWestminster – an incubator for social businesses in central London – he and his team are co-creating the civic economy and leading by example
Not only is common sense not yet common practice, but we rarely stop to look at the interdependencies between these spheres and think about how we might use our collective resources more wisely in tackling the challenges we face.
The small donations bill will allow charities to claim up to £1,250 on donations a year, where individual donations are less than £20. Of course that amount can make a difference to the lives of people in need and for charities that operate on a shoestring. But it is peanuts compared with the impact on the sector of the cap on tax relief for charitable donations.
Economic development and regeneration specialists should be knocking on the CLG committee’s door and giving them plenty to think about in terms of how local politicians can best be equipped to make the places for which they have been elected better.
Is it too much to hope that the forthcoming diamond jubilee will lead not only to a new commitment to those wonderful Victorian parks and other public spaces, but to the creation of a network of 'Elizabeth' parks to develop the legacy of our 19th century urban visionaries?
Culture is an important part of regeneration, and will continue to be so. But the flagship cultural developments seen over the past two decades are likely to be a thing of the past, replaced by local buy-in and modest, incremental gains which last.
It seems we’ve reached the point of advocating something better described as ‘desperate capitalism’: a chuck things away and see what grows approach to economic development.
Nick Harriss sets out the case for a new breed of financial institution – one that’s locally owned and more tuned in to the needs of small business