Ben Lucas

  • Ready for a bright new dawn?

    26 March 2024

    Rachel Reeves’ Mais lecture represented a clear shift away from New Labour towards an active state, a muscular industrial strategy and ambitious regional policy, say Mike Emmerich and Ben Lucas.

  • Growth: the big issue

    03 October 2023

    As we enter election season a national growth plan is needed now, delivered with and by places, says Ben Lucas. He sets out four key opportunities that could be catalysed through a new focus on local growth.

  • Levelling Up German style?

    30 January 2023

    Britain should listen carefully to Federal German Minister Carsten Schneider’s message that equalising living standards calls for cross party agreement alongside serious long term policy and investment, says Ben Lucas.

  • Time to get serious about inclusive growth

    10 January 2023

    Despite the problems confronting local places, Ben Lucas believes there are grounds for optimism.

  • Northern Powerhouse must be for real

    28 October 2020

    If the North is to ‘own’ the Northern Powerhouse a new partnership with Government is needed, as called for by the Convention of the North, write Ben Lucas and Mike Emmerich.

  • The 2020 Public Services Commission: 10 years after

    11 June 2020

    Ben Lucas and Dr Henry Kippin assess the work of the 2020 Public Services Commission. They also address how society can recover from the coronavirus crisis, and argue the need for a different economic model if we want to build back better.

  • Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth

    21 December 2017

    Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.

  • Mayors must deliver on inclusive growth

    29 March 2017

    The upcoming mayoral elections present a prime opportunity to break away from conventional growth strategies. Ben Lucas explains.

  • Inclusive growth: the new challenge

    27 September 2016

    Delivering inclusive growth is now more important than ever and local government needs to rise to the challenge, says Ben Lucas

  • Don’t just mind the gap – close it

    12 March 2014

    Ben Lucas outlines the scope of the City Growth Commission’s examination of what can be done to give ‘metros’ the fiscal and revenue powers needed for urban areas to achieve their growth potential