Andrew Carter, chief executive, Centre for Cities
One of the most concerning aspects of Westminster’s ongoing Brexit debate is that it is letting other unresolved political and economic problems go unnoticed. One of the most serious and overlooked of these is the UK’s productivity problem.
A guest LGC briefing by Andrew Carter on the local government finance settlement
The current maelstrom of national politics has never illustrated it better: urban voices are being drowned out.
The notion that towns struggle because cities have done well is misplaced
For all that Brexit has dominated almost every aspect of public debate in recent years, one crucial question has not received warranted attention: how could – and should – the UK’s constitutional arrangements change as we leave the EU.
Contrary to current thinking, the key to increasing productivity may lie in councils focusing on already high-performing businesses.
Business rate devolution is a welcome step, but it will not be sufficient to help areas respond to a gloomy economic outlook
In the coming months, places up and down the country will start to develop local industrial strategies aimed at boosting growth and productivity in their economies, ahead of the government’s March 2019 deadline for the first local plans to be in place.
The prevailing mood at this year’s Conservative conference was one of lament – for the loss of MPs in the last election, but also for the lack of a clear vision on how to win back those voters it failed to engage with at the polls in June.
More than two months on from the shock general election result, and with the UK’s difficult EU negotiations about to begin in earnest, it’s clear that cities across the country are facing a deeply uncertain economic and political landscape in the coming years.