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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More devolution will be crucial in helpng the mayors deliver on big issues like housing, deprivation and productivity
The new mayors have been sure-footed and are fulfilling expectations
Robust evaluation will be critical in assessing which mayoral policies work, and ensuring other cities can benefit
We’ve invited each of the metro mayors to reflect on the first six months of their mayoralties. Here, the mayor of the West of England discusses his time in office so far
We’ve invited each of the metro mayors to reflect on the first six months of their mayoralties. Here, the mayor of Liverpool City Region discusses his time in office so far
JimO’Neill reflects on the progress made so far by metro mayors, and what should come next in the devolution agenda
We’ve invited each of the metro mayors to reflect on the first six months of their mayoralties. Here, the mayor of Greater Manchester writes about his time in office so far
We’ve invited each of the metro mayors to reflect on their time in office so far. Here, James Palmer writes about the first six months of his mayoralty
Andy Burnham has been prominent in representing Greater Manchester on the national stage, and has already driven change on a wide range of issues in the city region
Tim Bowles has business connections across the city region, but faces big challenges in addressing its housing and transport needs