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Wave 1 City Deal insights

Tom Bolton

With confirmation that 2013 will see a further 20 City Deals, it is a good time to reflect on what has been learned so far.  There are currently eight City Deals with the cities belonging to the...

Blog Post 20 Feb 2013
It’s a Deal

Alexandra Jones

Last night Nick Clegg announced that another 20 cities will be given additional economic powers as part of the City Deals programme. As this press release sets out, each city has its own...

Blog Post 19 Feb 2013
City Deals – which sectors are most popular?

Paul Swinney

Using the press release on the annoucement of Wave 2 City Deals we've pulled the words used to describe the sectoral focus of each deal into a word cloud. As the graphic below shows, the words...

Blog Post 19 Feb 2013
Net effects: how fast is your city’s broadband?

Dmitry Sivaev

In a super connected world access to fast broadband is not a luxury any more; in many cases it is a matter of business survival. So how do British cities vary on their provision of this essential...

Blog Post 8 Feb 2013
Green progress from economic recession

Zach Wilcox

Arguably, the greatest progress in reducing UK carbon emissions has been the recession and its impact on industry. Between 2005 and 2010, total CO2 emissions in the UK fell 10 percent, with the...

Blog Post 6 Feb 2013
Lessons for Luton: aim for resilience, not only growth

Dmitry Sivaev

This year’s Cities Outlook revealed that while the UK economy has experienced a downturn of two halves – rapid decline from 2008-09 followed by a three year period of minimal growth – the...

Blog Post 1 Feb 2013
Deprivation – an urban issue?

Rachel Smith

There are almost 122,200 very deprived households in England and Wales Yesterday, another slew of Census data was released. This included statistics on deprived households measured across...

Blog Post 31 Jan 2013
Housing market renewal: where is it now?

Joe Sarling

Over the past 12 months, housing has become the zeitgeist for economic growth - and rightly so.Cities Outlook 2013 has shown that if we put the place back in to policy by understanding the...

Blog Post 30 Jan 2013
Maintaining the golden glow

Dmitry Sivaev

After six months of relative silence, the debate about the Olympic Legacy reappeared on front pages yesterday with a joint article by David Cameron and Boris Johnson. And it appears that they...

Blog Post 29 Jan 2013
A tale of two halves: Cities and the recession

Andrew Carter

So its official (at least until the revisions anyway) the national economy has grown by 0 per cent this year.  And the 0.3 per cent contraction announced on Friday for Quarter 4 of 2012 has...

Blog Post 28 Jan 2013