Innovation is a key driver of economic growth, but the emergence of innovation as a specialist policy area has also generated risks around policy prioritisation and problems on organisational fragmentation and policy coordination.
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Congestion charging remains a political minefield. As the consultation on the Western Extension of London's congestion charging scheme comes to an end - and Greater Manchester heads towards a referendum of its own - it is time to revisit the big economic questions behind congestion charging.
Further investment in the core cities of the north of England is the key to stimulating wider regional growth, according to a Centre for Cities report by Paula Lucci and Paul Hildreth.
A new report reveals that the Government's target of three million homes by 2020 is under threat - unless councils and private sector investors take a front seat in building and managing these new homes.
This paper gives policymakers and city leaders a brief and accessible guide to the economic theory behind agglomeration economies the wider economic benefits generated when people and businesses locate close to each other. It also explains the critical role this concept is playing in current transport policy debates.
On 30 January 2007, the Independent Casino Advisory Panel announced that the city of Manchester would host the UKs first supercasino. The city came from behind to beat the frontrunners, Blackpool and Greenwich. This note deconstructs the decision, before critically assessing the relationship between casinos and regeneration more generally. It focuses on the regeneration issues around supercasino development. It concludes with some lessons for Manchester.
While recent performance in England's Northwest has been higher than the average for other English regions, the region is still not contributing what it could to the UKs economy, and serious economic and social problems remain.
City Leadership concludes that Britains current level of centralisation is holding cities back, with consequences for the national economy as a whole ... and identifies greater financial autonomy as a top priority, especially for our biggest city-regions.
City People examines the size and nature of the city centre living phenomenon, focusing on the historic cores of Dundee, Liverpool and Manchester. It asks why it has happened, who is living in the heart of the city and how long they plan to stay. It then assesses the economic and social benefits of city centre living.