The Government’s rejection of the One Yorkshire devolution is an opportunity to give Yorkshire’s cities the powers they need to thrive
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A small real terms increase in ‘core spending power’ for local government won’t end the squeeze on council budgets for things such as libraries, parks and economic development.
Scotland’s new council finance plans will empower city leaders to manage their finances according to local need, the rest of the UK should follow their lead.
Amid commuter discontent about annual fare rises, we take a look at city leaders’ priorities for urban transport reform
2019 looks set to be a momentous year for the UK – Andrew Carter examines the biggest issues facing urban policy makers over the next twelve months.
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #11: Bringing back manufacturing will make Britain great again
The apparent decline of the manufacturing sector has led some to think it needs a boost - but economic prosperity is more likely to come from other sectors.
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #9: A close relationship with a city is bad for a town’s economy
Are towns hampered by the success of nearby cities - or could towns actually benefit from being located near a city?
A round-up of the key themes from our recent City Talks podcast on the impact of Brexit on the UK’s cities.
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #7: You need a university to have a strong economy
Together with increasing graduate retention, another common thing we hear about skills is that having a university is a ‘must have’ for places to build a strong, thriving economy. Yet, the...
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #6: We should focus on the ‘long tail’ to solve the UK’s productivity problem
Many have puzzled over why the UK’s productivity performance is so bleak. While the latest OECD research suggests the gap between France and the UK is smaller than previously thought due to...