This report from UK think tank Localis looks at the strategic case for city led growth, innovation, and renewal with a focus on Oxford.
The COVID-19 pandemic has proven the resilience and strength of England’s local government in keeping our communities safe. Equally, the ongoing socio-economic consequences demonstrate the need for strong place-based leadership and governance at the right level to help our recovery. This is especially true for Oxford, one of our country’s leading cities and one that has a global impact and leadership role in areas such as medical science and biotech. The city’s unique strength and assets as the prime national knowledge economy hub have been reinforced by the success of the Oxford/Astra-Zeneca vaccine. Oxford must and will, therefore, be a focal point for post-pandemic and post-Brexit growth. With this in mind, ‘At the Right Level – a strategic case for city-led growth, innovation and renewal’ presents Oxford’s case for city governance as a compact global city as the best means for retaining and building on this strategic regional and national advantage.Read Full Report