A week yesterday, the implications of the Spending Review for public policy and public services around the country will be starting to sink in. Yet even before we know the exact numbers, we can make some confident predictions about what the Spending Review will mean for cities.
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Further austerity measures will make the headlines in next week’s Spending Review...
This paper as part of our City Money strand of work, looks at why we need local government finance reform after the 2013 Spending Review
The UK is one of the most centralised countries in the world”, but the Government has “the perfect opportunity to develop political and financial arrangements that help Britain’s cities perform better”. The headline messages in Centre for Cities’ second-ever report, Bigger, Better, Smarter published in 2005, sound as relevant now as they did then.
The football team at University of Georgia (my alma mater) has a mantra: finish the drill. It means that, no matter how hard you have worked and how far you have come, what matters the most is reaching the goal.
Cities across the country – particularly the big cities – should take some time to take a look at the report published yesterday by the 17-strong London Finance Commission, chaired by Tony Travers (of which I was a member).
In the first of a series of reports, we look at how money is managed and where the power lies in local government
Today’s local elections are as important for the future growth of our cities as they are for the 27 county councils and eight unitary counties up for re-election.
“There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.”
From a growth perspective, there are various welcome measures. Putting infrastructure and housing centre stage, policies to stimulate business investment, a cut in the cost of employing people...