Recent big decisions mean the populations of Manchester, Liverpool and South Yorkshire can hopefully look forward to cheaper, greener, faster and more reliable services.
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Spain’s cities, unlike Britain’s, are typically dominated by a mid-rise urban form. This makes active travel and public transport more effective, and promotes the economic benefits of agglomeration.
While it has been frequently claimed that the shift to home working has been a boon for suburban high streets, the data tells a different story
A panel discussion on what the recently-published Levelling Up White Paper means for devolution and the implications this has for the future of local government in England
The old Use Class Order created and reinforced divides between cities, the new reforms put cities on a level playing field.
City centre footfall rose in Swansea while the city council implemented its free bus policy, but there wasn’t much change in city centre spending.
The Levelling Up White Paper aims to have a globally competitive city in “every area” by 2030. International comparisons suggest that this is a very ambitious target.
There are valid concerns about the economic impact of charging cars for access to city centres. Data on footfall and spend suggest that Birmingham’s new Clean Air Zone had no negative long-term effect on the city centre’s economy.
We reflected on the contents of the Levelling Up White Paper, discussed which policies have been prioritised, and debated the agenda’s commitment to delivering meaningful long-term change.
The indicators and datasets in the white paper show the challenges of tracking levelling up in near real time, but it is ambiguous about the how to measure the progress across different places