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Digest: Big cities seek greater investment and powers

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Britian’s largest cities outside of London are seeking bespoke housing deals, a ‘whole system approach’ to skills, and increased representation on international trade missions.

The Core Cities UK group is today launching a green paper setting out policies with the aim of raising productivity and making sure economic growth benefits everyone.

The document, to be launched in Manchester this morning, calls for investment as well as greater freedoms.

Judith Blake, chair of Core Cities UK and leader of Leeds City Council, said: “To achieve a positive Brexit and address social and economic challenges, the UK needs its cities to perform like never before. To raise living standards, productivity and create high quality places that foster strong communities.

“This green paper is a demonstration of our commitment and our leadership to create a stronger, fairer Britain, and we call on government to back us, work with us, unlock the potential of city economies and their greatest assets - their people.”

Organisations have until 14 August to comment on the green paper before a final draft is presented to parliamentarians at an event in the Commons on 12 September.

The Core Cities UK group is made up of: Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, and Sheffield.

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