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ResPublica has long argued that devolving powers to new and emerging city regions and combined authorities will have the capacity to change and transform their social and economic environment.
In 2012, the Social Value Act encouraged a new way of thinking about public service commissioning. Its passage demonstrated a recognition among policymakers that focusing solely on achieving the lowest possible price in public service provision fails to take into account the opportunities offered by the procurement process to create positive social, community and environmental change at a local level.
The Life Science sector is the UK’s fastest growing industry and it’s success will be vital for a successful NHS in the future.
All of the UK’s poltiical parties have now released their General Election Manifestos containing their plans, spending commitments, budget cuts, and priorities for the next five years in Parliament.
In the run up to the General Election, no issue is more pertinent than personal debt. With 8.8 million people over-indebted and little prospect of a significant ease in balancing household budgets, innovative and sustainable solutions are urgently needed to enable people to access affordable credit, build savings and ensure that our financial system works for the whole of society.
We are delighted to announce that two further organisations have joined the group of partners working with ResPublica to take forward our unique programme of activity on beauty and its contribution to social prosperity.
In the wake of the financial crisis, the world of finance has seen the rapid growth of digital currencies. Offering a payment service that is quick, cheap and convenient, their popularity has risen as people look for alternatives to our mainstream financial institutions.
The Chancellor’s budget includes a number of announcements about city-based devolution: A new devolution deal for West Yorkshire Combined Authority with powers over skills, business support, transport, employment and housing Business Rate retention pilots in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, and, subject to formal approval of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, in Greater Manchester and East Cheshire.
Amid the crisis of inequality and identity, the liberal consensus at the heart of British politics is broken. Blue Labour, a movement founded by Jon Cruddas MP and Lord Maurice Glasman, seeks to challenge the economic and social liberalism that characterises both the mainstream left and right.
Our highly influential report Devo Max – Devo Manc: Place-based public services was headline news again this week with the Government agreeing to adopt the policy on health spending that we recommended.
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