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.
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Directly elected mayors have the potential to overcome some of the key local governance challenges.
Our survey has revealed a huge appetite for devolved financial powers – but cities will need to take a reality check about how many places will be in a position to take up new measures such as TIF.
The White Paper on Local Growth signals a new approach to local economic growth with a menu of new powers and governance arrangements
The 2009 PBR needs to set out how the Government will set the conditions for growth and fiscal responsibility. Building on recent steps to devolve powers to cities, the Government must now put cities at the heart of plans to create the conditions for growth and jobs.
This Policy Solutions note sets out some options for a radical re-structuring of England's Regional Development Agencies after the next General Election.
The Government will struggle to meet its aim of an 80% national employment rate - unless it grants cities greater freedom to get the workless into jobs, according to a new report from the Centre for Cities and the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.
Financial Devolution for Local Growth is an independent survey of public and private sector leaders’ views on new funding tools for urban investment.
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.
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.