What next for fiscal devolution in urban areas?

26 February 2024, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

This event hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities discuss what the next phase of devolution looks like and how it connects to the UK’s economic strategy.

Devolution is essential to both tackle economic inequality across England and drive national economic growth. Significant change has already occurred, with metro mayors and combined authorities taking control over significant areas from transport to housing in areas covering large swathes of the country. But we have not seen fiscal devolution, as responsibility for how money is spent has not been coupled with significant powers over how, and how much, money is raised.

Join us at this online event to discuss what the next phase of devolution looks like, how should it connect to the wider question of the UK’s economic strategy and whether we are ready for the major political and economic trade-offs that it would bring.


Cllr Bev Craig – Leader, Manchester City Council and Chair, Core Cities

Zoë Billingham – Director, IPPR North

Professor Neil Lee – Professor of Economic Geography at LSE and Chair of the Regional Studies Association

Anthony Breach – Associate Director, Centre for Cities