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Findings from the OECD’s first international Survey of Adult Skills reveal that young people in England and Northern Ireland fall significantly behind many of their peers in other countries on literacy and numeracy.
A key element of the debate around the High Street is about supporting independent shops. But the ‘them v us’ mentality that appears to underpin this argument isn’t helpful - independent shops are governed by exactly the same principles that chain High Street retailers are subject to.
Manchester's Conservative party conference was a "steady-as-she-goes" event, focused on demonstrating economic competence, the merits of sticking to Plan A and the dangers of voting for Labour.
The Conservative Party conference is well under way in Manchester today and the economic recovery agenda at the heart of the current political debate Manchester is an appropriate place to host these conversations.
The sun certainly shone on Labour's conference in Brighton - the weather was beautiful and the beach cafes packed full of suited delegates. But will the good weather last for Labour?
Beyond the High Streets: Policy has been very active in attempting to guide development in our cities.
Today marks the end of the DCLG consultation regarding plans to transfer £400 million of New Homes Bonus money per year from Local Authorities to Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Much as I like Glasgow as a city, the weather tends to be less than welcoming and that was true again this week.
Party conference season seems to come round faster every year and I'm writing this on my way to Glasgow for the first of the three main political party conferences this year.
We have seen three broad stages of development within our cities since the beginning of the industrial revolution. In the first, running up to the turn of the 20th century, proximity was important...