It will only really be clear if austerity has ended after the upcoming Spending Review. In the meantime, the services city leaders have identified as spending priorities can provide an indication of where cash injections might be most needed.
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We are working with the Fast Growth Cities Group to host a high level event to discuss how to harness their growth for the good of the whole national economy.
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 long-awaited government white paper on immigration offered some respite for cities which rely on high skilled European workers - but it wasn't all good news, especially for the lower-skilled.
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...
The 12 Urban Myths of ChristmasMyth #5: Public bodies should buy locally to support local economies
If cities don’t spend money on local firms, does money then ‘leak’ out to other areas? This Christmas, consumers are being encouraged perhaps more than ever to buy locally or even to use...