This Budget is mostly about incentives and competition for funds. It reveals a government which lacks economic development acumen and strategy.
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Too many of our public services are still driven by internal priorities. That must change. Public consultation, social inclusion and partnership working are now discredited concepts because we associate them with people and processes that prevent rather than spark progress.
The mission of the Strong Towns movement is to support a model for growth that allows America’s towns to become financially strong and resilient, as Charles Marohn explains
Let's listen and learn from ED practitioners who are on the front lines. Refrain from listening to journalistic pundits, politicians, economists, and business leaders; they are not in our business. They have a role to play, but as partners.
At a time when the supply of private investment in house building is at a low ebb, Baugruppe provides an opportunity for people to take matters into their own hands and can provide cost savings.
Ted Howard, showed us that a new economy and a new destiny for the poorest place can be achieved. Failing market capitalism and economic decline can bring social growth. It ain't capitalism, it ain't socialism, but this could be the future for regeneration.
The harsh reality that many areas face and which they must confront is that they are competing with many areas across the world with better growth potential. The reality is that England’s economy favours the haves, and that they are the have-nots.
We actually know very little about the effect of right to buy beyond a massive reduction in the availability of social housing. We don’t know how many purchasers stay in their homes for life, what happens in terms of succession, or (crucially) whether there are substantive changes in wealth or any link with wider opportunities.
A government that combines drastic benefit cuts and reducing public housing stock with a massive rise in unemployment (particularly youth unemployment) will see a return to the rough sleeper numbers we saw under Thatcher.
Tony Walsh left a career in regeneration behind to pursue his passion for poetry. But the two have more in common than he ever imagined, as Austin Macauley discovers