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Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel on how we can level up struggling towns and why improving the performance of cities will be crucial to levelling up towns across the UK.
Why levelling up towns must mean increasing investment in skills, housing stock and the attractiveness of a place – in conjunction with improving the performance of cities.
Ignoring the relationship between cities and towns makes it harder to bring greater prosperity to struggling towns.
Critics who attack city policy as ‘trickle out economics’ are hurting the people they are trying to help.
As part of levelling up, the Government should create a City Centre Productivity Fund. This is how it would work.
As the COVID-19 pandemic sends shockwaves through the labour market, Centre for Cities tracks the latest unemployment claim statistics across the UK's cities and largest towns.
Government departments are currently preparing their submissions for the Treasury’s upcoming Spending Review. Here is Centre for Cities’ key research to help inform this work.
If the levelling up agenda is treated as a purely political project then it will never be more than a short-termist slogan that means everything and nothing in equal measure.
Access to workers, and the skills of those workers, are two big differences between large cities in the UK, France and Germany.
Some argue that imbalances in the UK result from London’s overperformance, rather than the underperformance of the country’s next largest cities. Making comparisons with European cities suggests this isn’t the case.