A consortium of South West organisations has been awarded funding to investigate some of the key inequalities facing the region’s coastal communities and how they might be addressed.
The collaboration has received an initial £50,000 through the Local Policy Innovation Partnerships (LPIP) programme, being administered by UK Research and Innovation, to accelerate the vision for a South West Coastal LPIP.
That initial phase of work, which runs until September, could ultimately enable the partners to secure a share of the £23million available through the wider programme.
The South West Coastal LPIP is focused around Cornwall, Devon and Somerset, which have the largest coast to land area ratio of any region in England.
It draws together a range of public, private and voluntary bodies, including universities, local authorities, charity organisations and communities themselves.
They include those with direct experience of the challenges facing coastal communities, as well as those working to unlock opportunities for them to lead the UK in sectors such as digital innovation and offshore renewable energy.
Together, the partners will identify ways to address known coastal inequalities, facilitate the creation of new interventions, and establish the infrastructure to create and share data to enable evidence-based approaches.
They will also create a platform through which local, regional and national decision-makers can more fully understand how policy can support these new ways of working to address these issues.