Andrew Carter writes for the MJ ahead of the 2018 Budget
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At both party conferences mayors were optimistic about the future, but frustrated at slow progress on the urban agenda at the national level
Young people flock to cities for university – but an even larger number of high-skilled people go the other way
The Brexit vote highlighted the need to help both struggling towns AND cities, not create a divide between them
Towns and cities have different roles to play in the economy, and the success of one is often dependent on the other.
Greater Manchester metro mayor Andy Burnham urged a government occupied by Brexit to give more power over to cities - but cities must be responsive too.
City TalksThree lessons from Italy’s recent elections for the UK and its cities
Both Italy and the UK are deeply divided – but Italian cities are better placed to respond than their UK counterparts
The review does not fully address issues around LEP public accountability and spending in non-mayoral areas
As the UK exits the EU it would be a missed opportunity not to reassess where power rests across the country, and in particular how this applies to cities.
The Government’s revised planning rulebook focuses too much on rural areas, and not enough on cities