Budget 2017: Strategies, Preparing for Change, & Addressing Low Pay
T his week the budget is expected, last week the government published their digital strategy, there was a march to parliament demonstrating about the real crisis in NHS and social care. There is a prosperity gap in year 10 of austerity post credit crunch.  What can we expect?

The digital strategy goes a long way to addressing the skills gap; there is plenty of training out there, the quality and effectiveness of it is the issue, there's also it's access to the opportunity to apply it in the real world underpinned with rigour.

Its agreed that training, & opportunity to earn as a result is the way to increasing productivity, earnings and wellbeing as well as instilling pride and loyalty in the communities that benefit is an aspiration, but how can you action it now? Where can you action it? How can you monitor and evaluate its effectiveness?

The strategic plan is the blueprint, the execution of it is finding the stakeholders but the issue is, where it is applied without draining communities, by compelling participants to move to London or the Southeast, where those jobs are more concentrated, where there is already a strain on infrastructure and services. The national divide is apparent given the Brexit result, the populist view is that the metropolitan elite have had it too easy for too long, while the last decade has hit the ordinary working class communities across the nation most and also have been left to pay the bills.

What is required is detail, more detail and leadership, with the facility and a roadmap with infrastructure to build upon, develop and increase productive, profitable, healthy, sustainable, multi layered, multi faceted, adaptable, elastic ecosystems, where the work travels to the worker, which enables flexibility and inclusivity. It might sound like an idealists dream, but the reality is, it’s not dream at all. The technology is available, the methodology is feasible, all thats required is a system that connects the dots, facilitates growth, has strategic objectives, that fulfil the requirements and can deliver in the communities where its needed.  

What can the budget bring the nation in the month that Britain will begin negotiations on the deal of the century? Supposition is not a healthy proposition, there is plenty of that in the media, think tanks, and halls of power in Whitehall and devolved parliaments. Practical assessments of what we have, what we are presented with, how we affect positive action after a decade of social decay is whats needed. Have we managed on a wing and a prayer or has there been a lot of sacrifices made by the nation as a whole?

The same can be said for the EU and the United States too. There is widespread discontent, however, there are going to be differing methodologies given the nature of the political set up in the USA and the EU.  A decade has passed since the credit crunch began and the majority of people in the EU and US feel alienated.  It’s not something we have concocted.  Its something that has been swept under the carpet in the halls of power for long enough. It’s a complex problem which will not be easily solved when part of a large machine that is unwilling to adapt and change to meet the challenges of a digital world.

To get this all from the budget this week be too much to ask?  What can be expected or hoped for is a practical proposition to get us as a nation to where we need to be that will meet the challenges we’re presented with and provide a realistic yet opportunity filled pathway for the nation to prosper for all, not the few. This might sound like a political manifesto or a speech made in Parliament Square last Saturday.  The politics of protest is effective to a point because it brings issues to the fore, it spurs the media on to report on it and questions the executive.  It has been an effective way of doing things for long enough. 

There is a change that is the Trump administration, whereby the commander in chief says opposing things from one day to the next. There is a difference in the reportage since his lambasting of the press corp; that is, instead of just reporting the content, its become a case of fact check and underpin or deride where required.

With elections looming in some EU states where populism and far right politicians are standing and have a foothold it’s a tricky situation all round. Getting 27 nations to agree to a Brexit deal is a tough proposition given the state of play and how fluid it seems.  During the fluidity it’s the most adaptable that will prevail. Is a budget that can facilitate this the best we can expect?  Let’s see!

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