From the digital revolution to advances in healthcare; from different work skills to the impact of a shifting climate on weather patterns, Hampshire could look very different to how it is today thirty years from now.
In response to these changes, Hampshire County Council has set about developing a vision to put Hampshire in the best possible positon for future generations in the form of a Commission of Inquiry. Commissioners from a range of backgrounds will lead this forward thinking and exciting Inquiry, gathering evidence from experts and views from communities to inform how the County Council needs to adapt to ensure a good future for Hampshire.
The Commission is looking at six key themes:
- Demographic and societal changes: including changing population and living patterns, and the impact in terms of health and social care, housing and employment
- Economy: the future of the Hampshire economy in the context of Brexit, increasing globalisation and potential digital and automation revolutions
- Work, Skills and Lifestyle: future learning and working patterns, and the skills needed in a post digital future as well as the wider quality of life within Hampshire such as arts, leisure and culture
- Environment and Quality of Place: Hampshire’s main economic asset – the impact of a changing climate, different patterns of living and working, and competing demands on countryside and farmland on environmental quality, character and quality of life in Hampshire
- Mobile, Connectivity and Energy: the transport impact of electric powered and autonomous vehicles, smart technology in homes and workplaces, communications technology, and future energy issues
- Rural Hampshire: how economic, social, technological and environmental changes are likely to affect rural communities and the potential for a rural renaissance
Hampshire residents are invited to complete an online questionnaire on each of the six key themes about what may happen in the future, what the impact of this will be, and how the County Council needs to respond to this.