The idea that recent growth of cities has come at the expense of towns has become a mantra. The problem is, it isn’t true.
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The widely held, but wrongly assumed, belief that cities are rich and towns are poor will make levelling up even more difficult if it shapes policy.
City TalksCity Talks: Politicians on levelling up during the Covid-19 pandemic
Four senior politicians on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the levelling up agenda - and why it's more important than ever.
Once the coronavirus crisis has passed, Keir Starmer has the task of reshaping the party. A change in how it views cities and towns is vital.
The political imperative for investing in the North and Midlands is clear from last month’s election. But the Government must work with economic realities if it is to deliver for the voters who delivered its majority.
City TalksCity Talks: General election special — The towns’ election? With Will Tanner and Rachel Lawrence
Why are towns so important to the election and what are the main parties offering them to win them over? To explore these and other election issues, Andrew Carter is joined by Will Tanner, Director at Onward and Rachel Lawrence Director of Programmes and Practice at the New Economics Foundation.
City TalksCity Talks: Evidence-based policymaking in disadvantaged places
Andrew Carter is joined by a panel to discuss how evidence-based policymaking can help disadvantaged places with low levels of economic activity and high proportions of vulnerable people in the wake of cuts to local authority budgets.
The challenges of left-behind places go well beyond the lack of economic opportunities — the solutions must too.
A central recommendation of today’s House of Lords report is to introduce museums and cultural industries to struggling seaside communities. But this will do little to improve the day-to-day lives of existing residents.
While arguments rage about how the Stronger Towns Fund came about and the size of it, the more fundamental question is what should it be spent on?