A time and a place

Peck, Frank (2017) A time and a place. In Cumbria Magazine, 2017 (May). p. 25.

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Abstract

Professor Frank Peck of the University of Cumbria’s Centre for Regional Economic Development writes for in-Cumbria on the big issues of the day and the economic data behind them. This month, he asks about a ‘place-based’ Industrial Strategy for Cumbria. Consultation on the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper is now closed and we await the response to feedback received. This document, according to the preface, “is a critical part of our plan for post-Brexit Britain”. We are encouraged to think that regions will be considered as part of the solution, not just a problem. The Strategy, we are told, will create a stronger and fairer society across all regions and “not just in the more prosperous places in London and the South East”. The regional message is picked up in the strategy under pillar 10 – “creating the right institutions to being together sectors and places”. This use of the word “place” rather than “region” or “sub-region” is intriguing. “Place” has been dropped into the policy lexicon in a variety of guises and contexts in recent years and its precise meaning is more than of passing academic interest. On April 19, John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle, posed a pertinent question in the House of Commons on the role of regions and sub-regions in industrial strategy: “Will the Prime Minister agree that any industrial strategy in the next Parliament must take into account regional and sub-regional factors, and will she be receptive to a Cumbrian industrial strategy that works within a national one?”

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: In Cumbria Magazine
Publisher: CN Group
Departments: Centre for Regional Economic Development
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2018 11:05
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2018 21:03
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3684

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