The recent focus on struggling high streets ignores the success of well-performing city centres and misdiagnoses the real problem: a lack of high-skill jobs
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The Government’s rejection of the One Yorkshire devolution is an opportunity to give Yorkshire’s cities the powers they need to thrive
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.
The private rented sector needs reform, but history, and economics tell us that rent controls do not work
While the number of degree holders has risen everywhere in recent years, some cities are pulling away
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.
Almost everyone agrees that we need to build more homes, but housebuilding rates vary greatly across the country and this could be due to local political will
The cuts were not intentionally designed to fall harder on poorer cities; but this is the reality of how they played out
A lack of fiscal tools is encouraging many councils to invest commercially, but this raises questions about its long-term sustainability
As a decade of austerity comes to end, this year’s edition of Cities Outlook looks at how city spending has changed.