Ignoring the relationship between cities and towns makes it harder to bring greater prosperity to struggling towns.
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Critics who attack city policy as ‘trickle out economics’ are hurting the people they are trying to help.
As part of levelling up, the Government should create a City Centre Productivity Fund. This is how it would work.
Government departments are currently preparing their submissions for the Treasury’s upcoming Spending Review. Here is Centre for Cities’ key research to help inform this work.
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.
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.
Senior Policy Officer Julieta Cuneo picks out key insights from our latest event exploring the dilemmas and tensions present within the levelling up agenda.