Economic crisis seems to be never-ending and, in the meantime, things are changing. Sometimes silently, other times violently. We are still in the beginning and, after decades of too much rhetoric on sustainability, local and decentralised solutions will be part of the answer.
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Perhaps spending £400m on building the market for social investment is a good idea. But we don’t need to blithely accept that this is the only way this money could be used. It could have been used to support the thousands (hundreds of thousdands?) of charities and community groups that have seen their funding cut as a result of spending cuts.
Where the book succeeds it does so brilliantly. As a thought experiment, as a way of understanding the debates around regionalism and globalisation, as a way of seeing how easily regionalism can slip into other current zeitgeists (nationalism in the 19th century and environmentalism today), as a framework for questioning the very nature of what is a region, in all of these ways the book works extremely well.
Much of the old architecture for helping disadvantaged neighbourhoods has disappeared and there has been a big debate in the sector about the government’s strategy for regeneration.
Efficiency without love creates the conditions for loneliness and isolation. This a form of robbery of the right to be a child. In the long term, it robs the person of the capacity to be, and to flourish. In the long term, this is a public cost.
As England’s regional development agencies prepare to close their doors for the last time, is it time to shift our focus away from regional inequalities and the north/south divide and towards an equitable vision for all places in the UK? Clare Goff reports
Nicolas Wallet explains how a project involving universities across Europe is bridging the gap between higher education and economic development and ensuring knowledge is shared
Let every local authority area develop a set of indicators that form the baseline evidence and barometer of wellbeing and use it to hold local authorities and LEPs to account. Let it stand on an independent website co-owned by a network of local third sector bodies.
If one goes into glass half full mode for a moment, suspends disbelief and conjures up at least some cash to make a reality of it; there is something refreshing about a locally driven, collective, planned response which emphasises civic roles and people as citizens not just consumers.
Money brought into the country due to deprivation in areas such as the north west can be spent anywhere within England. This means a staggering €756m (last programme figure) could be diverted from the NW and spent in affluent parts of the south east if the government believed that would generate the growth it desires.