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Time to show we mean business

Centre for Cities

SBR should be a stepping stone to greater financial devolution. But more radical changes to the local financial tool-kit will depend on SBR’s success, so it’s important to get the policy right. A permissive framework, with clear minimum standards, legal safeguards for businesses, and the option to hold a local vote, is the only way to build on the emerging consensus between business and local authorities. Otherwise, England’s cities and towns could miss a golden opportunity to lay the foundations for future economic growth.

Briefing 19 Sep 2007
Giving cities more power over their economic destinies

Centre for Cities

This article is taken from a new book on devolution from the Smith Institute, edited by Geoff Mulgan and Fran Bury of the Young Foundation. In it, Dermot Finch argues for bold steps towards differential financial devolution, with more powers for our biggest city-regions.

Briefing 9 May 2007
City Leadership: Giving city-regions the power to grow

Centre for Cities

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.

Report 21 Feb 2006