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The Extended Economy: Flexible Working,
Growth and the Edinburgh City Region
Transport planning and congestion are big items on the agenda of Edinburgh City Council, especially following the rejection of congestion charging in the recent referendum. There is also concern in neighbouring areas in the wider 'Edinburgh City Region' where housing and infrastructure policies have to take account of jobs and commuting trends. Likewise the big employers in Edinburgh also have an interest. This project asked IFF to take a look at the impact that the widespread availability of broadband internet might be having on these issues, both now and in the future. Might it be the case that broadband availability is making flexible working (including from home) more attractive and perhaps changing working and commuting patterns? Might that also mean that the city authorities' traditional notions about responsibility only for those who actually live within the city boundaries, and planning based on 'travel to work' areas, may need to shift in light of changing living and working patterns based on new technology?
BT Scotland, Edinburgh City Council.
Last updated: 3 Dec 2011
Desk research, relevant existing surveys and specific local data concerning traffic, congestion, technology uptake and flexible working has been completed. This was complemented by a series of interviews with relevant players - including local authorities and big employers. A draft report was then prepared highlighting the immediate implications and opportunities for policy and the longer term challenges to be confronted. The report was discussed at an IFF workshop in September at the Edinbugh City Chambers, held as part of European Mobility Week - which this year has the overall theme of 'Clever Commuting'. The final report from the proejct, reflecting the insights that arose in the September seminar and also drawing on the government's Foresight scenarios for intelligent infrastructure for the next 50 years, was completed in January 2006 - and is available for download (see below).
Documents for download
Click on the documents below to download them to your hard disk.
Background and Evidence
A companion volume to The Extended Economy detailing evidence, research, analysis and the results of interviews with key players in the City region. Also contains a useful bibiography on flexible working.
Date: 24 Jan 2006 Size: 656kB
The Extended Economy
The final report from the project suggesting that flexible working needs to take its place as part of a broader view of the economy in the Edinbutrgh City Region, one that will ease the strains of economic growth on the area. Note that there is a separate volume with background, evidence and analysis.
Date: 24 Jan 2006 Size: 655kB