This briefing uses the theory of economic complexity to show how the economies of Britain’s cities and large towns have developed over time and sets out the implications for how the Government should approach its levelling up agenda.
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As part of levelling up, the Government should create a City Centre Productivity Fund. This is how it would work.
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.
Access to workers, and the skills of those workers, are two big differences between large cities in the UK, France and Germany.
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.
County deals will need to think about cities, mayors, and planning reform to make the most of the devolution agenda.
Researcher Guilherme Rodrigues analyses carbon emissions from across the capital to conclude that encouraging density will help cities reach net zero.
Switching to electric vehicles will help us on the road to net zero, but to reach our destination most of us will need to ditch cars entirely.
Reaching net zero will be delivered at the local level, and city leaders can and should lead the way in building a carbon-neutral future.
If net zero policies were targeted at our largest cities and towns it would get the Government a quarter of the way to meeting its net zero target.