UK cities have to be smart about how they spend, manage and invest their money. But a lot of this money is controlled by central government grants and funding dedicated to specific areas such as housing or social care. Increasingly local government is gaining more control over its finances, such as business rates. Our research and analysis looks at how cities can make the most out of the resources available to them, and makes policy recommendations about how changes to funding and finance can better support cities’ economic growth.
In this podcast, Bruce Katz discusses his latest book and looks at how cities can thrive in a populist world and find innovative, locally-led solutions to issues that have long been ignored by national governments.
There are good reasons to reform the business rates system – but doing so won't save high street retail
Explore the cities data from our 10 years of tax report using our interactive tool.
Changes are needed to make the system fairer and more transparent for businesses
Without fundamental reform of local government finance, more cities will face a funding crisis in the coming years
The population of most UK cities is getting older, which will put further pressure on stretched local authority budgets