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A practical, people-centred and grassroots approach to economic growth in a city, and region, should focus on opening up pathways for the local population. There are two elements to this. Initially it should support people to identify the needs and opportunities of their communities and areas.
In the Budget the Chancellor announced that the Government intended to “deliver an open API standard in UK banking”. For politicians and economists dissecting the 125 page report, this sentence probably didn’t stand out a great deal.
The near inexorable rise in UK energy prices over the past five years has made energy policy a topical electoral battleground for next month’s General Elections. But unsustainable energy prices reflect not just inadequate policy, but the need to re-think our entire energy model.
The UK’s housing stock is some of the least energy efficient in Europe, with energy waste accounting for 15% of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions in September 2014. While energy inefficiency has clear environmental implications, it is also hurting UK consumers with the current average dual-fuel bill set to rise above £1,264 per year.
Working together will be the big theme of the new few years if we are to meet social need effectively. A new configuration of dependency, independence and inter-dependence in services for the public (and with and by the public) will be necessary in which public money and resources provide the seeds for change and not the whole medicine.
In the middle of an election campaign, the last thing we expect to find is consensus. Yet in contrast to most other issues, we have found near-universal agreement that the UK is not building enough homes.
The Social Value Act was born in unusual circumstances. As the former MP Tom Levitt recollects in his book, ‘Partners for Good’, the then new Conservative MP Chris White launched the Bill in October 2010.
Whatever the outcome of the election, the challenge for any incoming government is clear. We need to find more effective ways to deliver public services that maximise the benefits to local communities, prevent problems and reduce future demand on services.
One of the more intriguing ideas to emerge from Cabinet Office under the Coalition government has been the resurrection of the concept of ‘The Crown’. Of course we’ve heard the rhetoric of joined-up government for decades now.
Urban places are popular. Think of where the world likes to go on holiday, and it is the great cities that attract millions of visitors. It isn’t only the larger international ones people want to spend time in either.
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