Since 2004, SWO has drawn together expertise from across its modules and academia to produce the State of the South West report. The report describes recent trends and highlights key challenges and issues faced by this part of the country. Over the years, the publication has proved a valuable way to understand the make-up of the region, and has provided a snapshot that also allows comparison over time.
The State of the South West has to-date been published in a three year cycle, it is updated annually online and a What’s Changed? document is usually produced in year three. The State of the South West 2010 was published in March 2010. In May of the same year, the election of the Coalition Government started a process of significant Public Sector reform. A key theme of the Coalition’s Programme for Government was a move away from regionalism to localism.
This has led to the loss of a number of organisations and working arrangements, and the emergence of new structures aimed at driving local growth and priorities. In view of the widespread nature of the reform underway, we have chosen to produce a slightly different publication this year: The Changing State of the South West. As well as assessing and highlighting key regional information about their topics, we asked contributors to comment on the policy context relevant to their sector, and (where possible) on what might happen next in this rapidly changing policy environment.
With widespread change in all areas impacting on the work we do or the way we do it, understanding and applying evidence has never been more important. We hope that you find the Changing State of the South West 2012 a useful publication in informing your opinions and decisions and that it contributes to the shared understanding of the South West that SWO seeks to promote.
STATE OF THE SOUTH WEST DATA
The chart below is drawn from the Changing State of the South West which brings together a snapshot of regional data from a range of sources and puts them in 2012’s policy context. This chart refreshes on each visit.
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