An Ordinary Working Budget 2017

Nottingham Civic Exchange brought together students, residents, community groups and academic experts to watch the Budget live, debate what it meant for the region and share this with a range of media during and after the event.

NCE Budget event
NCE Budget event
NCE Budget event

Nottingham Civic Exchange brought together students, residents, community groups  and academic experts to watch the Budget live, debate what it meant for the region and share this with a range of media during and after the event.

Dr Paula Black, Director of the think tank based at Nottingham Trent University, said the event had proved hugely successful in focusing attention on what the budget decisions made nationally actually meant for Ordinary Working Families in Nottingham.

“The feeling in the room from both residents and academics was that the Chancellor made  some welcome announcements but there was little in the budget of benefit to the general Nottinghamshire public and the region as a whole,” said Dr Black. “While there were announcements on pots of cash for infrastructure, half of this cash was promised to areas with Metropolitan Mayors which we don’t have. While there were announcements on research and development funding, there was a focus on high tech areas while sectors in which the majority of Ordinary Working Families are employed, such as retail and the service sector, were not mentioned.  Our participants worried that Nottingham and the East Midlands was at risk of being left behind when it came to new and important projects and funding because of the focus on areas such as Manchester, the West Midlands and Liverpool.

“There was a lot of positive talk around ambitious housing targets but the residents at our event felt that owning their own home would still be unachievable due to high rental prices making it impossible to save deposits.”

The removal of Stamp Duty Land Tax will support a few but it does little to impact on the broader issues affecting the growing numbers living in the private rented sector.  Whilst house prices in the region are lower than the national average this is offset by the depressed average earnings figures for the region, city and county.

Students who attended the event were also left disappointed by a lack of announcements benefiting them, despite the budget having been expected to appeal to the younger voter. Nottingham Trent students were pleased fresh announcements were made about supplying affordable homes for them when they graduated but also worried that little was said to support the Green Economy.

Our ‘An Ordinary Working Budget?’ event has been part of our mission for NCE to act as a supportive anchor institution for Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the wider region

Dr Paula Black, Director of Nottingham Civic Exchange

Nurses give their views on the budget
Nurses give their views on the budget
Nurses give their views on the budget

One issue that brought the room together was the concern for mental health provision. Students, residents and academics were all concerned with the lack of profile given to this service during the Budget announcement.

A key sector Nottingham Civic Exchange highlighted for support in its research on Ordinary Working Families and Inclusive Growth - Social Care - failed to gather any airtime.  As one student and mum highlighted at the event:“No mention of social care, no investing in those kind of jobs, nothing to address the needs of women or childcare.”

The views of all those who attended are now being collated to build on initial analysis of Ordinary Working Families Nottingham Civic Exchange has carried out and released at its launch in June.

Dr Black said: "We recognise there is a need to support balanced and engaging debate on the important issues society faces day to day.  Our ‘An Ordinary Working Budget?’ event has been part of our mission for NCE to act as a supportive anchor institution for Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and the wider region."

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    What is Nottingham Civic Exchange

    Nottingham Civic Exchange has been established by Nottingham Trent University working in partnership with the RSA to:

    • Maximise research, policy and practical impact by bringing together our University colleagues, with partners seeking to address the needs of our communities;
    • influence debate by becoming one of the region’s best established and high profile arenas for discussion and information sharing;
    • act as a bridge between NTU research and current policy debates, linking to government departments, shadow departments, select committees and other policy fora;
    • support NTU’s civic engagement through linking together our students and colleagues with civic agencies through placements, volunteering, or research projects; and
    • providing a focus for our students of social sciences to gain practical experience the analysis, dissemination, and  impact of policy.

    About Nottingham Trent University

    • Nottingham Trent University is Modern University of the Year 2018. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.
    • Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has been awarded the highest, gold, rating in the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework for its outstanding teaching and learning.
    • NTU is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 28,000 students and more than 3,500 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year. It is one of the most environmentally-friendly universities, containing some of the country’s most inspiring and efficient award-winning buildings.
    • The University is passionate about creating opportunities and its extensive outreach programme is designed to enable Nottingham Trent to be a vehicle for social mobility. NTU is the sixth biggest recruiter of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the country and 95.6% of the its graduates go on to employment or further education within six months of leaving.
    • NTU is home to world-class research, winning The Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2015 - the highest national honour for a UK university. It recognised the University’s pioneering projects to improve weapons and explosives detection in luggage, enable safer production of powdered infant formula and combat food fraud.
    • With an international student population of approximately 2,600 from around 100 countries, the University prides itself on its global outlook.

An Ordinary Working Budget 2017

Published on 23 November 2017
  • Subject area(s): Psychology, sociology, health and social care
  • Category(s): Research
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