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In both urban and rural areas the closures of local Post Offices has provoked anguish in the local communities that rely on them. The government has argued that the shrinking of the post office network is inevitable as a result of lack of profitability. In this Policy Platform we explore three perspectives which focus on the role that local government might be able to play in ensuring that the Post Office network is maintained and supported.
North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have established cross boundary infrastructure to develop economic opportunities on the largest employment site in Yorkshire and Humber.
The South Humber Gateway will make a major contribution to reducing carbon emissions and to the outcomes of the government’s green energy agenda.
Travelchoice in Peterborough is one of the three DfT Sustainable Travel Demonstration Town projects.
The overall aims of this behavioural change project were to (a) improve the quality and availability of up to date accurate travel information (b) encourage and enable more people to try walking, cycling, car sharing and public transport and (c) provide a positive experience for existing and new sustainable transport users.
Peterborough City Council along with Hampton College has created a game to test citizens’ knowledge on surrounding environmental issues allowing the Council to interact with all types of residents and ensuring the participants learn valuable lessons.
This is a note following a roundtable discussion hosted by Localis and Kent County Council looking into developing a revised structure and format for regional governance. Paul Carter, Leader of Kent County Council, introduced and concluded the session, with a wide ranging discussion in between.
Dundee City Council has joined the Carbon Management Programme to ensure the council’s commitment to greenhouse gas reduction is incorporated into new and established strategies. The city council reduced energy consumption by 11.2% and the initiatives employed included the use of 350,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Central Efficiency Fund.
In this edition of Policy Platform we have articles from: Cllr Paul Bettison from Bracknell Forest Borough Council, Cllr Margaret Eaton from the Local Government Association and Neil McInroy from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies on the topic of how local government should be represented in national politics.
A project with the aim of raising the profile of environmental issues in Neath Port Talbot using a range of media to gain popular familiarity and recognition about a range of issues. A website and has formed the hub of the initiative with a ‘green map’. It has cost approximately 11,500 and has attracted 250 website hits per month.
This project is designed to involve young people in the decision making process of the Council and to create a positive role model for the Council. It also presents and opportunity to promote cohesion amongst young people from different communities. It costs almost nothing to do and has many potential benefits.
Voter turnout at local and national elections is consistently low, and falls far behind most other Western countries. But why is this? This edition of Policy Platform aims to explore this question and to understand what may be required to re-engage people in a political process which increasingly large numbers of people distrust or do not care about.