Unless we have a focus on place and a context which tackles the underlying social issues of unemployment, lack of jobs, local income flows and inequality then service transformation – no matter how effective – will ultimately falter.
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Raising the pensions age will actually increase the dependency ratios in the UK. The policy will achieve exactly the opposite of its intent and most likely raise challenging political and social cohesion issues.
What are the conditions needed for local economies to be built around SMEs, social enterprises and community groups with support from public sector and larger private companies; and what is needed to ensure that this can become the ‘usual’ approach of economic policy?
The coalition government wants to cut £4bn in welfare benefits to the poorest and most vulnerable citizens concentrated in northern boroughs because the ‘welfare bill has risen 45% in the last ten years’. The system, it argues, rewards the social failure of the five million people on ‘out of work state benefits’. But this is a disingenuous representation of the real ‘welfare benefits situation’ in the UK.
What went wrong with Business Link? Elliot Forte looks back on its rise and fall and examines whether latest attempts by government to support businesses are any more likely to succeed
In Wakefield, Pav Sull, owner of Woodhouse Post Office, has reported a marked reduction in anti-social behaviour in and around his premises since getting involved in artwork projects with young people and volunteering at local youth drop-in sessions.
We’re looking for innovative initiatives that are both economically and socially inclusive – exemplars that everyone should want to aspire to.
**UPDATE: SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED** The Better Places National Awards will celebrate initiatives that go that extra mile, reach out to all sections of society and blaze a trail for others to follow.
A green economy is not a sub-set of the economy at large – our whole economy needs to be green. A green economy will maximise value and growth across the whole economy, while managing natural assets sustainably.
While policymakers flip-flop it’s up to local areas themselves to take the bull by the horns, recognise their own needs as well as the need for change, and react to challenges in the most appropriate way for them.