The next government will be forced to make tough choices about where and how to spend scarce public sector resources. With a general election imminent, now is the time to set out what the top priorities should be.
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Cities either have the knack of creating new firms or they don't. Those cities that do tend to be in the south east, while those in the north do not.
Cities Outlook 2010 finds that, as we move out of recession, the UK will face an uneven recovery. Already-robust city economies like Brighton are more likely to grow stronger, leaving others like Doncaster further behind.
The debate around RDAs should be about the effectiveness of the programmes they run and at which spatial scale these programmes work best.
The RDAs' future has been brought into question for two main reasons - a groundswell of opinion in support of localism and the need for a spending squeeze as a result of the recession. In this second comment piece on RDAs, we outline what the three main political parties think of the agencies and where their visions lack clarity.
Which knowledge-based industries could drive future growth in Birmingham? And what policy levers are available to support these industries in Birmingham and the city region? University Challenge recommends that the Birmingham MAA area should focus on growing the private sector economy, particularly in high value sectors, where there are opportunities to strengthen the contribution of the excellent local universities.
The future of RDAs has become a topic of hot debate. But the views of those that have come out either in favour or against have sometimes bordered on the ideological rather than being based on the evidence. We think the ‘scrap versus keep' the RDAs debate is just too simplistic.
The 2009 PBR needs to set out how the Government will set the conditions for growth and fiscal responsibility. Building on recent steps to devolve powers to cities, the Government must now put cities at the heart of plans to create the conditions for growth and jobs.
Building on our City Links work, City Relationships examines the economic links between the five most significant economic centres in the North - Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
How can Liverpool attract and retain more graduates and what more can partners in Liverpool do to ensure that its graduates meet the needs of priority business sectors?