Alexandra Jones is chief executive of Centre for Cities
Securing the best possible EU trade deal will be vital for places and people across Britain, and should be the government’s top priority as we prepare to leave the European Union.
In less than six months’ time, new metro-mayors will take office in some of England’s biggest cities, armed with the largest personal mandates in UK politics apart from Sadiq Khan’s.
With Brexit negotiations set to dominate British politics for the foreseeable future, the government under pressure to demonstrate the resilience of the UK economy and George Osborne now on the backbenches, there was always a question about whether devolution would be as high profile in this year’s autumn statement as it has been in other keynote Treasury speeches in recent years.
After a summer of speculation, the future of city-region devolution under Theresa May’s government is looking much clearer following Conservative Party conference.
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Alexandra Jones says the Budget should include measures to help cities grow
Alexandra Jones says Centre for Cities will call for council control of property and land taxes
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Centre for Cities’Alexandra Jones says authorities should not walk away from less-than-perfect offers