Current issues

We focus on the biggest national policy challenges that affect the UK's largest cities and towns, and offer policy recommendations for both national and local governments on how to address them.

Levelling up

So you want to level up?

Paul Swinney

In advance of the Government’s forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper, this briefing sets out what the levelling up agenda should aim to achieve and a strategy for achieving it.

Briefing 17 Jun 2021

Net zero

Net zero: decarbonising the city

Valentine Quinio and Guilherme Rodrigues

The UK has pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050. This report sets out what needs to change if cities and large towns are to lead the way in helping the Government achieve this goal.

Report 6 Jul 2021

Coronavirus

Building back better: How to recover from Covid-19

Kathrin Enenkel and Tom Sells

This report examines the pattern of private sector growth within the UK’s seven-year jobs miracle to inform how new jobs can be created as the Government looks to ‘build back better’ and level up the country.

Report 22 Mar 2021

Housing

Sleepy suburbs

Anthony Breach and Elena Magrini

This report uses new data to examine which neighbourhoods within cities are building the most and the least new homes and explores what this means for policy making.

Report 24 Mar 2020

The labour market

High Streets

Towns

Transport