The decline of manufacturing and the impact of public sector cuts are creating a perfect storm in Newcastle’s marginalised areas. Can the city forge a new vision that goes beyond municipalism and industrial growth?
From inventive ways to boost arts and creativity to social enterprises operating from housing estates, Newcastle and the north east are not short of ideas for plugging the funding gap and helping build its local economy. Here’s 10 of the best ideas for change:
Celebrating 20 years, the Ouseburn Trust has turned a derelict area of Newcastle into the biggest creative cluster in the north-east and become a case study example of how to embed social value through regeneration, as chief officer Chris Barnard explains.
Nick Forbes, the leader of Newcastle council, has been vocal about the pain that austerity is causing – and will continue to cause – to the city. He talks to New Start about the impact of another £100m cuts, investing to grow and building a fairer city.
The neighbourhood of Walker in Newcastle is both unique yet typical of communities under stress across the UK. Like many such places, the solutions to the area’s problems need to be found from within, says Anthony Woods-Waters
Riverside Community Health Project has been fighting inequalities since the 1980s but is now inundated by those falling through the gaps in provision, says Sarah Hunter