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While there is broad consensus that there should be a geographic shift in the balance of R&D spending, there is less agreement on where it should be spent to have the greatest impact.
There is a concern that school closures – albeit necessary for public health reasons – will further widen the gap between children living in disadvantaged areas and their better off peers.
A recent study by Centre for Cities, commissioned by Connected Places Catapult, analysed which of Great Britain’s 62 cities and largest towns have the most potential to harness extra public R&D funding and convert it into wider local economic growth – helping level up the whole UK.
As part of his response to Coronavirus, the Chancellor announced that small businesses in retail, leisure and hospitality will be exempted from business rates this year. But how will this play out across the country?
The Government's plans to level up the UK economy pose a problem for the metro mayor manifestos argues Andy Westwood.
While the Budget was trailed as being a response to Corona virus, the chancellor still made time in his hour-long speech to announce a number of policies to help the Government’s levelling up agenda.
This briefing sets out the five things that should be in the Chancellor’s Red Box if dreams of levelling up are to become a reality.
There is a strong case for new transport infrastructure investment in some cities and large towns. But this only applies to a handful of places where the current transport system is struggling to support the growth of their city-centre economies.
The collapse of FlyBe has led to questions about the negative local economic impact the loss of connectivity will have on places served by the airline. But Paul Swinney argues that this impact is likely to be overstated.
Transport, skills and taxation should be top of the mayor's agenda after the May election according to Clive Memmott, Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.