Unemployment on the increase, poverty growing, local economies in melt down. I am tired of hearing the descriptions, and disappointed by the lack of real policy action. In particular, I am disappointed by ongoing orthodoxies in economic development, which are hampering new thinking as regards addressing unemployment. With Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) in particular, there is too much of a focus on austerity, trickle down and supply-side economics, when they should be thinking about trickle up and stimulating local demand.
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Rather than simply focus on driving up productivity and encouraging everyone to work longer hours now is the time to examine the case for a shorter and more flexible working week in the UK, where paid work is redistributed as part of a wider drive towards tackling inequalities.
The time is ripe for co-operatives to show their strength and ‘become a creative economic force that is more than a sum of its parts'.
In our Living Labs Global Award programme, we are working with 21 global cities to articulate some of their most pressing problems as an opening for new technologies, business and service models to offer solutions.
The book questions the need for permanent uses and solutions for sites and argues that we need to increasingly look for short and medium term uses, rather than obsess about the long term.
To really fix the problem, start thinking about the conditions necessary for that problem not to exist. Think ‘create health’.
Being host to Expo 2008 accelerated the regeneration of Zaragoza, Spain’s fifth largest city. Investment in large-scale infrastructure has been combined with small interventions which have engaged local citizens. Clare Goff reports
My favourite in the Work Programme is the contradiction with the personalisation and choice agenda. Just how well does that fit with a process of random allocation and compulsion? You can choose your doctor, where you have your hospital treatment. But when it comes to which provider will help you get back into work, you will do as the computer says – however good a fit one may be to your needs.
It is heartening to note that parts of the private sector are prepared to play a role in these tough economic times.
This year’s Cities Outlook report from Centre for Cities paints a picture of growing disparities across the UK with some cities untouched by recession and cutbacks while others have seen deep-seated problems compounded. Austin Macauley talks to co-author Paul Swinney about the findings