Localised and joined-up skills strategies are vital if Belfast is to address its employability gap, says Adrian Nolan
Adrian Nolan, Author at NewStart
The announcement that the £6bn NHS budget in Greater Manchester will be devolved to the city region has taken many by surprise.
'Austerity Uncovered' looks at the impact of austerity, outlining the wide range of impacts it is having on people and communities. It shows that the scale and depth of the austerity cuts are harming both our present and future, and negating the ability of local government to ensure the wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable people in society.
There is real potential for devolution (if the current rhetoric is matched by real action) to herald a new approach to health inequalities that is based on fundamentally shifting power from Whitehall to regions, local government and communities.
Are the banks and policymakers prioritising high growth opportunities above all else? If they are, then it is unlikely that the rebalancing of the economy and the private sector job creation will take place at sufficient levels to realise the government’s economic ambitions.
The winners have been announced – but will the Regional Growth Fund make a lasting difference? Adrian Nolan gives his assessment
There are few surprises in first round of Regional Growth Fund bids, says Adrian Nolan. But it reinforces the same concerns