This report looks at the economic performance of Southampton city centre in recent years, investigates the causes of it, and sets out what this means for the future direction of policy.
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Government departments are currently preparing their submissions for the Treasury’s upcoming Spending Review. Here is Centre for Cities’ key research to help inform this work.
Some argue that imbalances in the UK result from London’s overperformance, rather than the underperformance of the country’s next largest cities. Making comparisons with European cities suggests this isn’t the case.
It is well known that British cities do not get more productive as they get bigger. But a very different picture emerges when looking at city centres with implications for levelling up.
Red wall MPs point to the success of Sunderland’s Nissan plant as the model the current Government should replicate, but almost 40 years on the city is still in need of being ‘levelled up’.
The forthcoming white paper means that any detail was unlikely. But the reaction to the speech shows a growing impatience with the levelling up agenda.
There’s much to be achieved in the Red Wall if policy focuses on skills and health outcomes, but attracting high skilled jobs will be much harder.
There are many ways of defining cities, but the one used should be selected for economic rather than political reasons.
The Government has announced it will not extend its temporary uplift of Universal Credit, but its hopes that a recovering economy will step into its place won’t apply across the country.
Levelling up the economy should be about helping struggling places, but policy must recognise its limitations in how much it can do for different places.