What Poverty really looks like in the UK

Author: Deniz Sevinc Originally published by CityREDI here In 2012, the UK had a higher poverty rate than most EU member states. While poverty rates have declined since then, this progress is now at risk since policy changes under the 2017 Autumn Budget. UK Poverty 2017 underlines that “overall 14 million people live in poverty … Continue reading What Poverty really looks like in the UK

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The end (of the project) is near

Author: Professor John Bryson, City-Region Economic Development Institute, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham It is with both a sense of sadness and satisfaction that I write this blog. Sadness because the Urban Living Birmingham project has now formally completed – although outputs and outcomes will continue to be produced into the New Year. Satisfaction … Continue reading The end (of the project) is near

From Birmingham with a Smile: Public Art, Streetscapes and the ‘Economic’ Impacts of a Liveable City

Author: Professor John Bryson, City-Region Economic Development Institute, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham 29 November 2017  Cities should be interesting places to live and work. They should be places for serendipitous encounters with people, buildings and streetscapes – including green infrastructure. The best street environments are spaces for display, entertainment and encounter. Many cities … Continue reading From Birmingham with a Smile: Public Art, Streetscapes and the ‘Economic’ Impacts of a Liveable City

The Autumn Budget 2017: For Whom and for What Purpose, or Just an Exercise in Whistling in the Wind?

Author: Prof John Bryson, University of Birmingham I find the political and media worlds in the UK increasingly depressing. I had wondered if this was a new form of illness, perhaps Brexitis. I have been reflecting on my increasing disillusionment with both British politics and the media and I have discovered the origins of my … Continue reading The Autumn Budget 2017: For Whom and for What Purpose, or Just an Exercise in Whistling in the Wind?

The Geovation Challenge: Greener, Smarter Communities

Author: Gauri Kangai, Associate Innovation Executive, Geovation, Ordnance Survey The Greener, Smarter Communities and Cities Geovation Challenge is focussed on developing solutions to communities’ real needs for future-proofing the communities and cities in which we live. Geovation sees ‘smart communities’ as placing people first, with technology, simply, as one ingredient. Joined by our lead sponsors, … Continue reading The Geovation Challenge: Greener, Smarter Communities