Alexandra Jones argues that cities need to be given the tools to grow their economies and reform public services.
The election may be 18 months away but early warning shots are already being fired across party bows, as politicians start to turn their attention to May 2015. From immigration to tax, floods to public service reform: all the parties are seeking to make their mark and demonstrate why they are the ones to vote for. And, in the year of the Scottish referendum on independence, it’s striking that ‘devolution’ is, unusually, a hot topic for political debate – particularly given the UK is one of the most centralised advanced democracies in the world.
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