Policy area: Cities

Reports

Design for life

This report from UK think tank Localis presents an analysis of local regeneration policy through the lens of five overarching strategic concerns. The next political cycle is likely to be characterised by the vexing problem of improving the public realm in a situation of parlous public finances. Recent crises have left the state with very...

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A new deal for England

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government looks at how the next government should complete the job of English devolution. This report calls on the next government to reset the English devolution agenda and puts forward 30 proposals – which can and should be implemented over the next five years – to...

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On the rocks

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute looks at London's nightlife crisis. London’s nightlife is a great national asset, which generates £46 billion for our economy, and helps to cement the city’s global reputation. Beyond a direct financial contribution, the U.K. night-time economy acts as a catalyst for secondary spending across transportation,...

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Building consent: housing by popular demand

This report from UK think tank Localis sets out ideas for housing by popular demand in harmony with existing communities and in line with the contours of place. The contributors to Localis’s essay collection set out ideas for a hope-filled future in which the new homes and developments our country needs might be built in...

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State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewal

This report from UK think tank IPPR assesses our current course and proposes five priority areas for a decade of renewal. The North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives. Regional inequality is a major...

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Stride and ride

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at England's path from laggard to leader in walking, wheeling, and cycling. There is overwhelming evidence that investment in active travel infrastructure brings significant benefits. These include large returns on investment, addressing emissions from road transport, reducing regional inequalities, and improving health. Despite this, investment has remained...

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Cooped up

This report from UK think tank the Adam Smith Institute quantifies the cost of housing restriction. This paper classes the removal of restrictions as allowing owners of existing dwellings to redevelop their properties so they are up to 8 stories tall. Our model found that liberalising these restrictions would boost the welfare of every person...

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Investing in regional equality: four English examples

This report from UK think tank City-REDI looks at how cities could successfully overcome significant social and economic inequalities. Some international cities have innovated to successfully overcome significant social and economic inequalities in recent years. This report, written in partnership with The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA), aims understand whether English local...

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Healthy places, prosperous lives

This report from UK think tank IPPR identifies examples of transformative place-level interventions in the UK which are already making a difference. The UK is getting poorer and sicker, and this trend is not equal across the country. Poorer and sicker areas are getting poorer and sicker the most quickly. To help develop a path...

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Devolve by default

This report from UK think tank Reform sets out a new framework for devolution decisions and the assessment of local systems. At present, a great deal of Whitehall’s time and resources are absorbed by unnecessary centralisation: micromanagement of purely local affairs, management of bid-in pots for local actors, and the development of policy which would...

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Up in the air?

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at delivering cleaner air in a socially just way. This report focuses on the impact of and policies for two sectors that are especially responsible for air pollution in deprived areas: transport and domestic burning, which are the biggest contributors to NOx and PM2.5 air pollutants....

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CPP’s Local Economy Tracker 2023

This report from UK think tank The Centre for Progressive Policy explores how people feel about the economic opportunities where they live. CPP’s annual Local Economy Tracker explores how people feel about the economic opportunities where they live, what they think needs to change and which political parties and tiers of government they trust the...

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Unlocking local action on clean air

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at unlocking local action on clean air. There is an urgent need to address air pollution. Preventing the premature deaths of up to 43,000 people per year in the UK and reducing cases of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, dementia and asthma would be reason alone. Those who...

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A taxing problem

This report from UK think tank NEF looks at reforming business rates in England. The UK’s current business rates system is not fit for purpose – it is unfair, inefficient, and overcentralised. In this paper, we propose a new business rates system that combines a land value and a business property tax. Our proposed system...

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The Birmingham Economic Review 2023

This report from UK think tank City-REDI is a collaborative project with City-REDI, The Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and stakeholders across Birmingham. The Birmingham Economic Review (BER) is produced by City-REDI / WMREDI, University of Birmingham and the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce. It is an in-depth exploration of the economy of England’s second...

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Related Events

30 May 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

We need to talk about road pricing

This event hosted by UK think tank the Centre for Cities will discuss the future of road pricing in UK cities. Pioneered by Singapore and London, road pricing mechanisms have helped urban areas make significant progress on air quality and supported modal shift in recent decades. More recently, UK cities from Bath to Glasgow have...

12 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

Climbing the summit: UK vs G7 cities

This event hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities will discuss how the UK's cities perform compared to their counterparts in the G7. Labour’s mission to achieve the highest sustained growth in the G7 comes after over a decade of poor economic performance. Tackling the underperformance of Britain’s big cities will be essential if this...

13 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

Better local data, better local decisions

This event hosted by UK think tank Centre for Cities explores how data can inform evidence-based policy making. Local data is important for evidence-based policy making at the local level. Drawing on Centre for Cities’ recent publication, LA Evidential, this event is an opportunity to hear from ONS Local and a local authority on how local data...

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How can cities policy help the net zero agenda?

As COP26 comes to a close what are some of the changes we can make in cities that can help with the net zero agenda? A greater uptake of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is required By Rebecca Foster (Bright Blue) The UK’s pledge to reach net zero by 2050 will ultimately require significant changes to the way...

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