With university fees increasing and the majority of universities set to charge the full £9,000, what does this mean for city economies?
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In order to unlock the potential of cities and increase private sector growth, the Government will need to adopt a radical new approach to economic development.
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.
It's local housing markets – not the national picture – that really matter to the economic performance of cities, and by extension, the national economy. Policy makers therefore need to set housing objectives that reflect these local requirements, and the local economic context – not just headline-driven national supply targets.