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Ben Harrison provides live commentary and analysis as Act Two of the 2013 Spending Review begins.
Today's Spending Review is the first half of a two act play - today was about Departmental cuts; tomorrow is about growth. So what's the verdict for cities so far?
Ben Harrison provides live commentary on the Spending Review 2013
Can you name the largest city in England? London, of course. The next largest? A little harder, but Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Bristol, and Nottingham slip fairly easily off the tongue...
A week yesterday, the implications of the Spending Review for public policy and public services around the country will be starting to sink in. Yet even before we know the exact numbers, we can make some confident predictions about what the Spending Review will mean for cities.
Further austerity measures will make the headlines in next week’s Spending Review...
The week I spent in Kiev working on ideas for a derelict industrial site flew by in a flash. It was a week of hard work and incredibly fast learning. Now I finally have a chance to digest what happened and share lessons and experiences.
The UK is one of the most centralised countries in the world”, but the Government has “the perfect opportunity to develop political and financial arrangements that help Britain’s cities perform better”. The headline messages in Centre for Cities’ second-ever report, Bigger, Better, Smarter published in 2005, sound as relevant now as they did then.
Would Birmingham and Manchester be better off without London? Should we be deliberately rebalancing city economies away from financial services and towards manufacturing? And what would it take to make some “fragile” Local Enterprise Partnerships work?
This week is not an ordinary week for me. Just as Londoners were leaving the city for their Bank holiday destinations, I took a plane to Kiev...