Core Cities

  • Core Cities in Household Support Fund warning

    01 February 2024

    Failing to extend the Household Support Fund will be ‘catastrophic for many people in our poorest communities,’ Core Cities has warned Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.


  •  The lack of a national strategy for cities is a national failing

    19 January 2024

    After the General Election, regardless of who wins it, Core Cities will unite with partners to call for a national plan for cities, says Marvin Rees OBE.


  • Retrograde step away from cities

    27 November 2023

    Marvin Rees laments the lack of support for cities in the Autumn Statement.


  • Cracking productivity

    23 October 2023

    The UK’s cities have major untapped potential when it comes to innovation-led prosperity, says Chris Murray. He highlights the possible solutions to help unlock productivity.


  • Cities must be seen as an asset to be creatively invested in

    03 October 2023

    At the heart of the UK Urban Futures Commission report is a belief in the power and potential of cities and the people who live in them, says Marvin Rees.


  • Give cities the power to boost growth, says Haldane

    28 September 2023

    Giving city leaders new powers – including the ability to raise their own taxes – could boost the UK economy by £100bn a year, former Bank of England economist Andy Haldane has claimed.


  • 'You want to build houses. Let's do a deal'

    31 July 2023

    Building homes in our cities is too complex a problem to be left to the national state alone, says Marvin Rees. 'The only way to meet the Government’s targets is through an empowered and enabled local state with a relationship of respect', he adds.


  • We need to remember that the local is also often the global

    05 June 2023

    For the first time global national leaders explicitly mentioned the role of cities and of city governments in making a difference in climate change, says Marvin Rees.


  • A practical action plan for cities

    15 February 2023

    Chair of Core Cities UK Marvin Rees explains a new venture to maximise the potential of the UK’s city regions.


  • Future Forum North: Build individual relationships with mandarins

    02 December 2022

    Councils need to build individual relationships with Whitehall civil servants if they want to achieve positive outcomes, a former senior mandarin has advised.


  • Core Cities calls for support to drive growth

    16 November 2022

    A letter to chancellor Jeremy Hunt signed by the mayors and leaders of 11 cities across the UK has made the case for investment in the Autumn Statement.


  • The power of cities

    04 October 2022

    As he departs from Core Cities UK, Chris Murray speaks to Heather Jameson about the many achievements of the group – but warns the challenges have just begun for the UK’s largest urban areas


  • Keeping it local to tackle net zero

    04 October 2022

    Core Cities has been advocating for local solutions to national problems during conference season. Marvin Rees explains.


  • Core Cities UK hires civil servant as new director

    03 October 2022

    A civil servant at the heart of the devolution agenda has jumped ship to become the next chief executive of Core Cities UK.


  • Districts lobby DLUHC over TIF

    16 September 2022

    District councils have been lobbying ministers to allow them to monetise the benefits of growth.


  • Tapping into the cities opportunity

    22 June 2022

    Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees talks to Heather Jameson about his new role as chair of Core Cities, and his vision of cities that connect to people locally, to each other and look out at the global stage.


  • Leveraging climate investment into our cities

    14 June 2022

    Chair of Core Cities Marvin Rees says the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission has identified £200bn of investable projects in cities across the country to create new jobs and decarbonise our economies.


  • Shifting cities to net zero

    08 December 2021

    How do we build on the progress made in the great Core City of Glasgow to deliver a just and workable net-zero transition for our citizens? Cllr Nick Forbes says cities are part of the solution.


  • Plugging the net zero funding gap

    20 October 2021

    The UK Climate Change Investment Commission is developing a radical place-based offer to private finance, says Alison Griffin - and it estimates in the core cities and London boroughs alone there is potential for up to £500m worth of investment.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Questions over taskforce purpose

    19 October 2021

    Local government associations have called for ministers to define the purpose of a new taskforce ahead of April’s launch of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF), The MJ understands.