In the furore associated with the Government’s response to the Heseltine Review another highly significant announcement regarding the North East has been overlooked.
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Andrew Carter gives this week's recommendations on research on cities.
Many economic policies work best when implemented at a spatial scale that matches cities’ economic footprints - which is where Combined Authorities come in.
By working together on issues such as housing and transport, local authorities and businesses can achieve better economic outcomes.
The World Bank's Urban Development Unit has launched a new Issues Note Series - DIRECTIONS in Urban Development - with a paper on City Regions by Kieran Larkin and Adam Marshall.
City Leadership concludes that Britains current level of centralisation is holding cities back, with consequences for the national economy as a whole ... and identifies greater financial autonomy as a top priority, especially for our biggest city-regions.