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?
November 2015 - NewStart in Newcastle
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:
Has the legacy of the Jarrow March embedded this sense of powerlessness? Is the north east struggling economically because they don’t have the skills, or because they don’t have the confidence?
There’s a real opportunity for us to work collectively to establish Newcastle as a leading city, one that delivers economic growth sustainably and is willing to experiment in delivery.
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.
If government is truly committed to removing the barriers that disadvantaged young people face, then it’s time to start treating their input as a foundation for tangible and far-reaching action rather than a bureaucratic box-ticking exercise.
The conversation has begun in Newcastle and perhaps we can be part of the change which bridges private, public and voluntary organisations in the pursuit of innovation and cost-effective solutions for future services.