Month: November 2021

UK’s rail investment welcomed, but South East port corridors should be next

As Grant Shapps unveils the new Integrated Rail Plan, we support the Government’s commitment to addressing economic imbalances across the country, but the South East’s points of entry to the UK must not be overlooked.  Following the 2020 Oakervee Review into major transport schemes including HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail, today’s Integrated Rail Plan (IRP) …

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Raising revenue: should it be set by the South East?

COVID-19 has brought into sharp focus the local government challenge of meeting expectations for local services delivery with fewer resources.     In our recent poll – SE 1,000 biannual monitor Autumn 2021 – we asked local people, businesses and councillors what forms of revenue raising should be considered at a local or regional level.     Most said Business …

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Polling shows that more must be done to demonstrate local climate action

Results from our SE 1,000  Savanta ComRes biannual monitor show that among the general public, just two in five people know about local climate change adaptation measures.  Previous polling revealed that the greater number of respondents indicated they knew either a lot, or a little about climate adaptation measures taken locally. Yet these latest polling results reveal that while …

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Levelling up a mystery to many in the South East as trust in local councils remains high

Over a third of people in the South East do not know what the Government’s levelling agenda is according to new polling from South East Councils, while a clear majority believe their local council, not Boris Johnson’s government, would make the best decisions for their local areas. These were among the findings revealed in polling …

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South East to receive £12 million to strengthen local economies

The South East is set to receive just over  £12 million in funding through the Community Renewal Fund, it was announced on Wednesday.   As part of the Levelling Up agenda, a total of £200 million has been promised for UK areas to boost productivity and grow local economies. 23 projects across 7 local authorities in the region …

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