As cities in the UK look towards new ways of building their local economies without the large public funds they have become accustomed to, the localised partnership-based approach and focus on place within Portland is attractive.
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This time around, the recently-appointed minister for cities, Greg Clark, is said to have until Christmas to dream up a new cities strategy. Unless he’s confident that he can conquer global warming and produce cooler summers, he’s going to need all the help he can get.
The early evidence of some cuts suggests that community-based regeneration might be a less resilient model than was previously suggested or promised.
Our ideas may have moved forward but we are still struggling to promote a culture of opportunity for people as they age.
Before councils rush to outsource public services they should ask themselves why those who tried it years ago are now bringing them back in-house, says Paul O’Brien
Creativity within a place can’t be defined or nurtured by physical boundaries. We need to redefine what we mean by ‘creative quarter’, says Ivan Tennant
There are many people who have a traditional view of Salford. They remember it as a slum city with Lowry’s matchstick inhabitants... They often seem a little disappointed there are no children with rickets or outside public toilets anymore.
The white paper contains a number of good ideas on how to bring innovative and quality services to the market place. The devil is in the detail – and the detail must inform a positive and active debate, one that ensures we do not slide into a de facto privatisation of public services.
With such examples of clear methods of how plurality of public service can lead to better delivery it’s curious that the words collaboration and co-production are absent from the government’s vision. Instead there is a sense of outsourcing as casting off, of government opening up markets and then disengaging.
Within the context of greater decentralisation, the core cities (and others) now have the opportunity to grasp new economic techniques and to play a lead role in ensuring the resilience and effectiveness of their local economy.