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Levelling up

Because the vast majority of UK economic activity takes place in the largest 63 cities and towns, they are crucial to the levelling up agenda.

So you want to level up?

Paul Swinney

In advance of the Government’s forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper, this briefing sets out what the levelling up agenda should aim to achieve and a strategy for achieving it.

Briefing 17 Jun 2021
Measuring ‘levelling up’

Elena Magrini

This briefing presents two new indexes to summarise and compare the performance of the UK's largest cities and towns. The findings have implications for policy, particularly the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.

Report 13 Feb 2020

Towns

As part of our ongoing work into levelling up, we've produced a four-part blog series and accompanying City Minutes episodes which explore the nature of the cities versus towns debate and identify what needs to happen to bring greater prosperity to struggling towns.

Mayoral elections

Metro mayor election results 2021

Explore the results of the mayoral elections in Greater London, Greater Manchester, West Midlands, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, West of England and West Yorkshire.

Data 12 May 2021
Metro Mayors 2021

Find out everything there is to know about the 2021 metro mayoral elections through polling data, podcast discussions and post-election analysis from Centre for Cities.

Page 29 Mar 2021

Coronavirus

Building back better: How to recover from Covid-19

Kathrin Enenkel and Tom Sells

This report examines the pattern of private sector growth within the UK’s seven-year jobs miracle to inform how new jobs can be created as the Government looks to ‘build back better’ and level up the country.

Report 22 Mar 2021

Cities Outlook 2021

City Monitor

Some places thrive while others struggle. Explore and compare the latest economic data on how cities and large towns are doing to understand why.

Page 25 Jan 2021

Get the latest data for your city

Want to know how your city fares on key indicators like population, start-ups and housing?

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Latest podcasts

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Cities Outlook 2020

Kathrin Enenkel, Valentine Quinio and Paul Swinney

Poor air quality impacts on the health of residents and workers in cities in particular. Cities Outlook 2020 calls for urgent action from local and national government to clean up the air we breathe.

Report 27 Jan 2020

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We actively look to partner with like-minded businesses, universities and funders to help us realise our ambition to improve the economic performance of the UK's largest cities and towns.

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