Parts of Hammond’s plan could help cities reshape their high streets, but underlying economic weaknesses must be addressed for long-lasting change
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Ahead of next week’s budget, it is rumoured that the Chancellor will make it easier to convert shops into homes. How exactly he will do this is unknown, but it sounds like he will expand...
While National Government is preoccupied with Brexit, the Chancellor should seize the opportunity to help cities prepare for the future
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.
Cities need to weigh up whether their local property markets are meeting the evolving needs of businesses
Access to cheap borrowing has encouraged local authorities to invest in commercial property. Cities can use this approach to revive city centres, but only by diversifying away from retail.
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