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Call to fix ‘incomplete patchwork’ of devolution deals


The next government must extend devolution to 85% of England to address an ‘incomplete patchwork of mismatched deals’, a think-tank has argued.

Chancellor urged to provide funding certainty for urban transport


Transport authorities have called on the Government to prioritise long-term funding certainty for public transport and active travel in city regions in next week’s Spring Budget.

Million more public transport commuters needed, think-tank says


The largest cities in Britain should aim to boost the number of public transport commuters by nearly one million to reduce congestion and pollution, a think-tank has said.

Campaigners warn of ‘silent war’ on bus services


Bus services have seen a dramatic decline over the past 15 years, with provision decreasing by more than 60% in 80 local authority areas, research reveals.

Call for local income tax collection for biggest city regions


More taxation powers, including the ability to keep a proportion of income tax, should be devolved to England’s three biggest city regions, a think-tank has argued.

Funding boost for dilapidated Hull building


A project to convert a vacant city centre building into ‘Grade A’ managed office space has been granted £1.5m.

15 minute cities 'don't exist'


Civil servants are battling to explain to ministers that concepts like ’15-minute cities’, said to restrict people’s ability to shop, ‘don’t really exist'.

Recycled soil used to create Liverpool’s largest park


Liverpool City Council has used recycled soil from a former landfill site to create one of the largest transformed urban green spaces in England.

Oxford and Swindon top ‘good growth’ index


Oxford and Swindon have come out top in a ranking of cities according to their residents’ economic wellbeing, with Bristol and Exeter following closely behind.

Councils call for more powers to address climate crisis


Government must provide more powers to councils and provide clarity, capacity and funding to address the climate crisis, a national cities network has urged.

Boosting urban biodiversity with new innovations in green infrastructure


Cities play a critical role in addressing biodiversity loss. Alexander Ilsink, Mobilane, looks at how to maximise the potential of green infrastructure.

Eco-friendly gardeners should be offered council tax cut


Residents who look after their gardens in an eco-friendly manner should be offered reduced council tax rates, researchers say.

Empowering cities could bring £420m economic boost


Bringing together employment and skills services in urban areas could result in a £420m boost to the national economy, according to local government leaders.

How can we plan cities to work better for women?


Aoife Hand, planner at Carter Jonas (Cambridge), argues that with gender-sensitive planning, cities can be much more inclusive.

Council climate plans failing vulnerable people


Most councils across Europe are failing to consider the needs of vulnerable people sufficiently when planning for climate change, according to a study.

City leaders call for £100m boost to ‘cultural engagement’


Cities with low ‘cultural engagement’ are more likely to be deprived, according to a new report.

‘Hidden’ unemployment rates reveal deepening divides


Nine out of 10 of the UK’s cities and towns with the highest hidden unemployment rates are in the North, new study reveals.

Think tank calls for £14.5bn ‘city innovation zones’


A think tank has called on the Government to invest £14.5bn to build ‘city innovation zones’ in Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester.

Colchester and Reading join Key Cities network


Colchester and Reading today announced that they have joined Key Cities, a network representing the UK’s urban areas, to help drive their economic growth.

Cities require urgent rethink, study says


Britain’s cities require urgent transformation, including more green spaces and public transport, if the country is to meet its net zero targets, study says.

Local government ‘over-centralised’, think tanks say


Local government is over-centralised, inefficient, and under-resourced and is harming the UK economy, a new report says.

Index reveals high levels of inequality between UK cities


The impact of the predicted recession is likely to be felt more in some cities than others, a new study of the economic resilience of UK cities has revealed.

Boost cities to level up UK, think tank says


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


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


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


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


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

City planning should be based on ‘health first principle’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Burnham calls for more Covid-19 support for English regions


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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