Two big domestic issues that the next government will be pressed to address are the UK economy’s poor productivity performance and the north-south divide. Paul Swinney argues that these challenges are one of the same.
The next Government should prioritise urban transport improvements and give cities the power to deliver them.
If politicians want to solve the housing crisis, they need to target housebuilding in the most expensive cities, argues Anthony Breach.
Not all high streets are struggling — those that are thriving are doing so because they function well as places of work. For this reason, policies to address the decline of high streets must also address the underlying economic causes if they are to be success.
Elena Magrini calls for a cross-party, long-term commitment to adult education and lifelong learning to reengage ‘left behind’ people and places.
When it comes to devolution, the Tory plans need more elaboration while Labour is taking a more centralist tone, says Director of Policy and Research Paul Swinney.
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There is a distinct urban split around the country, and politics reflects economics.
As more socially liberal, highly skilled people move into dense big cities, transforming and strengthening those economies, so too will they transform the political landscape
If the welfare axe does continue to fall over the next five years, cities with weaker economies may well be hit hardest.
In cities where fewer people go to university, take up of apprenticeships has been successful - but quality is as important as quantity.
Social care requirements are not the same across the country
We look at the manifestos of the SNP and Plaid Cymru to see what promises, if any, they have for their cities.
Any reduction in migration to UK cities is likely to impact on their economic performance
Signing trade deals with countries around the world is no easy task, and most cities' exports go to the EU
This election has so far ignored the 'demon of density,' but pollution can kill in some cities
Richer cities send more students to university - scrapping tuition fees is unlikely to change this