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.

Cities Outlook 2023

As well as providing a deep dive into the latest economic data on the UK’s cities and largest towns, Cities Outlook 2023 shines a light on the UK's growing economic inactivity crisis.

Cost of living

Explore Centre for Cities' debut research and analysis into the UK's cost of living crisis and how it is playing out across the UK.

Cost of living tracker

The UK is in the grip of a cost of living crisis, and there is a clear North-South divide in how it is playing out across the country. Explore the latest data for your city or large town.

Data 19 Apr 2023

Levelling up

Levelling up should improve standards of living across the country and help every place to reach its productivity potential, with a focus on improving the performance of the UK’s biggest cities as a means to address regional inequalities.

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

What needs to change if urban areas are to lead the way in decarbonising the UK’s economy, without leaving people and places behind?

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


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