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A small real terms increase in ‘core spending power’ for local government won’t end the squeeze on council budgets for things such as libraries, parks and economic development.
Scotland’s new council finance plans will empower city leaders to manage their finances according to local need, the rest of the UK should follow their lead.
The cuts were not intentionally designed to fall harder on poorer cities; but this is the reality of how they played out
A lack of fiscal tools is encouraging many councils to invest commercially, but this raises questions about its long-term sustainability
Listen again to the launch of Cities Outlook 2019 with Cllr Abi Brown, Cllr Nick Forbes and Prof Tony Travers
As a decade of austerity comes to end, this year’s edition of Cities Outlook looks at how city spending has changed.
Northern cities’ budgets have faced the biggest cuts
It will only really be clear if austerity has ended after the upcoming Spending Review. In the meantime, the services city leaders have identified as spending priorities can provide an indication of where cash injections might be most needed.
2019 looks set to be a momentous year for the UK – Andrew Carter examines the biggest issues facing urban policy makers over the next twelve months.
This report presents findings from the first-ever survey of UK city leaders, providing some understanding of their needs and challenges along with recommendations for national policymakers.