If reform can bring self-build within reach of millions more people, housing will become more affordable for everyone.
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If the levelling up agenda is treated as a purely political project then it will never be more than a short-termist slogan that means everything and nothing in equal measure.
Access to workers, and the skills of those workers, are two big differences between large cities in the UK, France and Germany.
As the COVID-19 pandemic sends shockwaves through the labour market, Centre for Cities tracks the latest unemployment claim statistics across the UK's cities and largest towns.
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.
It is well known that British cities do not get more productive as they get bigger. But a very different picture emerges when looking at city centres with implications for levelling up.
Land-banking and housing targets are artefacts of the current system – planning reform is worth doing to solve the problems which underpin them, and numerous others too.
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.