If government is truly committed to removing the barriers that disadvantaged young people face, then it’s time to start treating their input as a foundation for tangible and far-reaching action rather than a bureaucratic box-ticking exercise.
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To make the step change in the number of homes that we need to build in the UK, we must consider the construction process and what we can learn from other sectors.
Over the last almost 60 years the way people live has changed, the technology we have in our homes was inconceivable in the post war years, the size and structure of households has evolved and people live longer with many more active years after retirement. The way that homes are designed perhaps has not kept up with these changes: there is a mismatch between what is available and what people aspire to.
The announcement in the last budget of a 1% decrease in rents has presented a real challenge to councils and housing associations alike. The cumulative impact is to make development schemes undeliverable and challenge whether plans of improvements to homes are affordable. Achieving better value for money is a mantra for us all, but what does and should this mean?
There has always been a strand of opinion that saw housing associations as undemocratic and unaccountable, taking on responsibilities that properly belonged to elected councils. This has been made stronger by the transfer of local authority housing to associations whether for redevelopment or simply as a way of bringing in private capital.
Despite cynicism from people of all political persuasions, George Osborne has, since helping to steer the Conservatives to their first majority win in 22 years, reaffirmed his commitment to devolution. However, like a lot of policies championed by Osborne, it is built upon unstable foundations.
Reforms to make banking competition work for consumers have reached an impasse. Do nothing and we can expect nothing to result, but even with Project Merlin – which was established by the four major UK banks (HSBC, Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group) and hopes to improve stability and competition between banks – lending fell for Britain’s top banks in every quarter a year after its implementation.
Senior leaders in the city know that they need to help their teams focus on the values that shape what they do. It’s hard to do though, hard to lift the head from process to values. Here some simple ideas from the people we have worked with and the experience we’ve had over 10 years at Podnosh.
Rather than ameliorating spatial inequality, the business rate retention strategy potentially exacerbates uneven development. Consequently, our findings suggest that the centralised national economy could be replaced by an equally divisive city based one, where a minority of locations are dealt all of the aces while the rest get a raw deal.
However much we may wish the government to adopt a different and progressive public expenditure and investment-led macro-economic strategy, realistically, this is simply not going to happen as long as the current government holds to its current position and remains in office.