Cities

Boost cities to level up UK, think tank says

27/06/2022

Levelling up needs billions of pounds worth of investment in cities – a level of investment not currently being considered by policy makers, think tanks say.

Creating a Green Infrastructure Masterplan

07/06/2022

William Eichler finds out how a new toolkit is helping local decision makers transform Birmingham city centre into a greener, safer and healthier place to live.

Activating our high streets by rethinking housing models and embracing co-living

06/06/2022

Simon Bird argues that by finding different ways to live and activate spaces, we can create new communities and boost the vitality of our urban economies.

Council launches consultation on £250m town centre plan

25/05/2022

Kirklees Council has launched a public consultation on the ‘cultural heart’ of its £250m, 10-year blueprint to transform Huddersfield town centre.

Eight places given city status to mark Platinum Jubilee

20/05/2022

Eight locations have been awarded city status as part of the 2022 Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

City planning should be based on ‘health first principle’

05/04/2022

The UK’s planning system should be reformed to follow a ‘health first principle’, according to a new report.

City centres lose nearly a years’ worth of sales due to COVID-19

24/01/2022

Businesses in city and large town centres have lost more than a third (35%) of their potential takings due to COVID-19, think tank finds.

List of 39 places applying for city status published

24/12/2021

The Government has published a list of the 39 places in the competition for city status.

Cities should be central to ‘levelling up’ agenda, think tank says

18/11/2021

The Government should focus on investing in cities outside of London rather than spreading investment too thinly across small towns, think tank recommends.

Southend to become a city in honour of Sir David Amess

19/10/2021

The Prime Minister has announced the Queen has granted Southend with city status to honour of Sir David Amess.

How the 15-minute concept is key to tackling the climate crisis

14/10/2021

The concept of a 15-minute city, where everything you need is just a quarter of an hour away, could now be evolving into the ‘15-minute neighbourhood’. Dr Jose Hernandez? explains why.

City of Culture 2025 longlist announced

08/10/2021

The Government today announced the eight places that have been longlisted for the prestigious UK City of Culture 2025 title.

Dudley bids for city status

15/07/2021

Dudley Council will be putting forward a bid for city status as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year.

Remote working sees major cities lose billions in spending, research warns

21/06/2021

Five of the UK’s largest cities could lose £322m a month in city centre spending if people work from home in the long-term, according to new analysis.

Battle of the Smart Cities

04/05/2021

Piers Mulroney explores how the race to innovate, digitise and decarbonise is driving the mayoral elections in Birmingham and Manchester.

Johnson announces £23.6m Truro Deal

07/04/2021

Truro has secured £23.6m from the Towns Fund to boost the local economy, create jobs and new homes.

Key Cities group welcomes four new members

03/02/2021

Four more cities - Bath, Exeter, Lincoln and Wrexham - have joined the Key Cities group.

Burnham calls for more Covid-19 support for English regions

12/05/2020

The Government has been urged to provide extra support for cities outside London to deal with the cost of easing lockdown restrictions.

Southern cities provide more jobs for low-skilled workers than in the North

07/03/2019

Employment opportunities are greater for low-skilled workers in southern English cities than those in the North or Midlands, a think tank has discovered.

British cities bear the brunt of austerity, think tank reveals

28/01/2019

A think tank has called for an end to local government austerity as it reveals that Whitehall cuts have hit cities twice as hard as the rest of Britain.

UK cities have 'more than recovered', says latest index

01/11/2018

Improving skills levels and new business formation have been the key long-term drivers of city growth since the financial crisis, according to analysts.

Whitehall 'neglecting' smaller cities and towns, report warns

03/10/2018

The Government’s focus on major cities ‘neglects’ the contribution that smaller cities, towns and communities can make to economic growth, according to study.

May announces £840m public transport investment

28/09/2018

Prime minister Theresa May has announced £840m investment in public transport links as part of the £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund.

City leaders call on PM to take action on air pollution

28/08/2018

Leaders of the UK’s major cities have joined forces to urge Theresa May to take ‘tough and urgent’ action to deal with air pollution.

Support cities for a £200bn boost to the economy, says Key Cities

27/06/2018

Key cities could add a further £214bn to the economy over the next decade if the Government supports them to raise productivity to the national average, the Key Cities Group has said.

Think tank warns struggling high streets are 'too reliant on retail'

26/06/2018

City centres must swap shops for offices, housing and public space if they are to prosper, according to a leading think tank.

Cities must embrace technological change to prosper in future

18/06/2018

As we stand on the cusp of another age of automation, Andrew Carter says cities need to prepare and adapt to the coming changes to prosper in the future.

Tax-raising powers for mayors could help reduce health inequalities, report says

15/06/2018

A leading research group has called for cities to be given more powers to help improve public health.

Tough decisions needed to protect commercial heart of cities

11/04/2018

As urban centres change transform, the priority should be on protecting and expanding the commercial space in city centres, rather than encouraging more residential development, argues Andrew Carter.

City regions get £1.7bn funding boost to transform transport

20/11/2017

Prime minister Theresa May was today announcing major new government backing for UK research and development in industry and transport between cities.

Prosperous cities to be hit ‘hardest’ by Brexit, think tank says

27/07/2017

Relatively prosperous cities will be hardest hit by the 'economic shock' of Brexit, according to researchers.

Jobs boom in cities accompanied by low urban wages, report reveals

25/01/2016

Nearly a million new jobs have been created in British cities since 2010, but the average salary has decreased, according to a new report from Centre for Cities.

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