Unlocking the problems of centralisation
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, Core Cities chair Cllr Judith Blake tells Heather Jameson what cities have to offer on the economy, democracy and devolution in a post-Brexit world.
Core Cities’ bold move amid a Brexit-focused tide
We are living with a one-policy government with complete inertia when it comes to anything outside Brexit, writes Heather Jameson as Core Cities are forced to bypass ministers to meet with EU negotiator Michael Barnier.
Devo could boost the economy by £90bn, say Core Cities
Devolving more power to our cities could boost the country’s economy by up to £90bn a year, the Core Cities have suggested.
Working on our Core
Jamie Hailstone reports from a Core Cities-influenced round table event in Manchester in which key figures debated a recent green paper centering on inclusive growth and devolution
Core Cities' Brexit call
The leaders of the UK’s biggest cities this week called on the Government give them greater discretion to deal with the consequences of Brexit.
Westminster could learn something from local place leadership
Judith Blake highlights some of the outstanding examples of whole-place leadership in the UK's cities - an approach those in Westminster may be wise to adopt.
Brexit negotiations should not distract from public reform
With the General Elections set to be dominated by Brexit, Judith Blake calls for a focus on the bread and butter of politics.
Cities had better get geared up to lead the UK’s export drive
In a few years the UK will be in a very different business environment, and cities need to be prepared for it, writes Michael Burton.
The shared society must be routed in communities
The prime minister's vision for a better, fairer Britain must begin in local communities, writes Cllr Judith Blake.
Breaking through the turmoil
Cllr Paul Watson calls for the necessary levers needed to encourage inclusive growth and social cohesion.
Question mark over council cash as reserves start to dip
Local government continues to face uncertainty over its financial future as the chancellor renewed his commitment to fiscal discipline in today’s Autumn Statement.
European cities unite over inclusive growth
Cities across Europe have launched a plea to their national leaders to boost inclusive growth in the wake of the Brexit vote.
What will the Autumn Statement deliver?
With the Autumn Statement one week away, leading local government figures explain their hopes, concerns and key requests for the chancellor
Cities working for change
There are no quick fixes to issues like growth and productivity but cities are united in finding a solution, writes Cllr Judith Blake
Box blasts Osborne's Northern Powerhouse think-tank
George Osborne’s new Northern Powerhouse Partnership is focused on the ‘same old obsessions’ and offers nothing new for devolution, a Local Government Association deputy chair has claimed.
Inclusive growth: the new challenge
Delivering inclusive growth is now more important than ever and local government needs to rise to the challenge, says Ben Lucas
Core Cities urged to put pressure on ‘mute’ LGA
Core Cities is expected to increase pressure on the Local Government Association (LGA) after a mayor attacked Smith Square’s ‘mute’ opposition to Whitehall cuts.
Whitehall's 'frustrating silence' raises devolution concerns
Senior local government figures have blasted Whitehall’s ‘frustrating silence’ over devolution as pressure mounts on prime minister Theresa May to deliver ‘grown up’ deals.
Strong branding lacked key details
An industrial strategy to cover the whole country is long overdue and is all the more urgent following the vote to leave the EU, writes leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the Key Cities group Paul Watson.
A moment of seismic change
The UK cannot afford to shut itself away from the world post-Brexit, writes Cllr Judith Blake.