Budget Submission 2014

Our letter to the Chancellor recommends four policies to empower cities that can be enacted before the next election

Briefing published on 14 February 2014 by Alexandra Jones

This Budget provides an opportunity for high-impact decisions that deliver benefits to the economy in the short-term. But to secure a sustainable economic recovery, and given the ambition to eliminate the deficit by 2018-19, it is also an opportunity to signal a long-term commitment to giving our cities the powers they need to drive growth locally, and adapt national policy to local circumstances.

We would recommend that the Government:

  • Increase the size of the Single Local Growth Fund to £5 billion per year from 2015
  • Boost high-skilled jobs by creating a new City Centre Growth Fund
  • Create single property boards at city level
  • Pilot a system of city-visas