The City Deals that have been agreed with the eight Core Cities, have included some of the most significant devolution of powers to local authorities in many years. It has been positive to see that these deals have focused on the main drivers of economic growth and jobs, giving more direct control over funding and finance, skills, business support, and infrastructure.
As the Coalition prepares to announce the next wave of City Deals, Centre for Cities identifies four issues that will support Government to deliver on the cities agenda and its commitment to localism, as well as make a difference to the UK’s economic growth.
1. Ensure that the first round of City Deals has the best chance to succeed
2. Ensure that the Core Cities have the opportunity to develop their deals further
3. Invite the right mix of cities – a combination of fast-growing and medium-sized cities – to the next round of City Deals
4. Not all urban policy should be about City Deals