Tag Archives: Stephen Joseph

My big manifesto idea: infrastructure

Big Ben londonIt’s less than a year until the next election, and the race is on to inform and shape the policy agenda of the next government. Manifesto priorities may appear to be determined entirely by public sentiment, party values and a febrile media debate, but the quality of new policy ideas also plays an important role. New ideas nearly always come from outside formal politics. The proposal to create a Green Investment Bank, championed by both Conservatives and Labour in the run up to the 2010 election, emerged from policy entrepreneurs in the environment and finance community over a year before. Read more

Will City Deals promote sustainable transport?

Railroad Lines in downtown Birmingham, AlabamaThis post is by Stephen Joseph, CEO of the Campaign for Better Transport.

Launched to some fanfare last July by Nick Clegg, the City Deal programme is supposed to free larger urban areas from the dead hand of Whitehall, allowing local decisions on issues like infrastructure. So what will this mean for sustainable transport?

Getting transport right is essential to growing city economies. An overly centralised system under previous governments has been blamed for holding up decision making and restricting the availability of funding. Read more