The 2009 Budget should include a clear focus on devolutionary measures that support local economies - especially around our major cities.
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Brighton & Hove has performed well over the past decade, adding nearly 23,000 jobs to its economy between 1998 and 2005 - twice the UK average for employment growth. But the city will need to be proactive if it is to return to strong economic growth after the recession.
The public sector spending squeeze will be the overarching narrative of the next decade of British politics. Public sector employment, which has grown significantly over the past decade, will start to shrink. Nationally, between 240,000 and 290,000 jobs could be cut by 2014.
FutureStory Southampton is the second in a series of forward-looking books promoting a wider understanding of how globalisation is changing everyday lives and jobs in six cities and regions.
Property development and regeneration over the next ten years is expected to be very different, and cities will need to step up and play a bigger role in regeneration - says this new APUDG report.
Catherine Glossop contributed a chapter on Regenerating cities to this Smith Institute publication, argues that we need to target the urban periphery and smaller cities that are suffering the most from the recession and long-term restructuring.
Youth unemployment has been a problem in the UK for a long time, but is getting a lot worse in the current recession. Over half a million young people were unemployed in February 2008. Now, around 900,000 young people are jobless. During 2010, youth unemployment is likely to exceed 1 million.
How can Hull city promote economic development across the real economy of its city-region? What should be Hull City Council's priorities to encourage the growth of higher-value business sectors and employment? How can workforce skills and aspirations be increased in Hull?
This Policy Solutions note sets out a blueprint for a new Urban Transport Investment Fund - a way to simultaneously deliver high-quality public transport infrastructure and returns for central government, local authorities and private sector investors.
Cambridge's success is creating emerging transport and housing bottlenecks which need to be addressed to ensure future sustainable growth and maintain quality of life.