Shrinking budgets and limited flexibility leave local authorities with much to do but few resources to do it.
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This report sets out key trends in local government funding and finance
A progress report on City Deals setting out the major opportunities cities and government must seize to make the process a success.
Andrew Carter (Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities) outlines his thoughts on changes to local government finance
Could a fairer and more inclusive system reward more cities that support economic growth?
Alexandra Jones (Chief Executive, Centre for Cities) gives some insights into the City Deals programme
Tentatitve steps in the devolution of power from Whitehall
If LEPs are expected to drive the Government’s growth agenda, they need the tools to do so. That means devolving further resources, powers and freedoms to capable LEPs and getting to grips with underperforming LEPs before it is too late.
Since the announcement of the LGRR consultation, the Centre for Cities has been an active researcher, collaborator and discussant about the proposed measures. Our research provides a well-rounded and thoughtful response to the LGRR consultation, as summarised here.
Directly elected mayors have the potential to overcome some of the key local governance challenges.