By Cllr Phil Bale, leader of Cardiff City Council and Core Cities UK cabinet member with responsibility for culture
We all know culture is extremely important to our cities. As city leaders we have all witnessed the economic and social power that everything from major exhibitions to jazz festivals has on the places we represent.
But as austerity bites, how can we make sure culture continues to be a part of our story as successful, growing, vibrant places?
The UK Cities Culture Report – written BOP Consulting in association with Core Cities - investigates the status of culture in the UK and how it can help our cities continue to flourish.
After all, as the report makes clear, ‘cities remain crucibles of ideas and talent’ and city leaders and mayors remain committed to using culture as a catalyst for regeneration. But, as our budgets reduce we have to find new ways of helping the talent that exists in all our...
Core Cities call for Spending Review to deliver a devolved, joined up approach to investment
Sir Albert Bore
Leader of Birmingham City Council and Core Cities Cabinet Member for Transport
A joined-up approach to infrastructure and investment is critical to the future success of the UK economy. As the UK’s largest cities and city regions we know that this can best be achieved through devolving public funding streams and enabling local partnerships with business to steer investment more efficiently.
Over recent decades the Core Cities have rightly become associated with urban renewal and vibrant economies. Together they generate some 25% of the UK’s wealth. But they have the potential to contribute much more to the nation. Closing the productivity gap between the cities and the national average would add over £66billion a year to the national economy.
All of the Core Cities have close relationships with our regional airports, that’s because we all recognise their importance as vital tools for growth, attracting business and leisure travellers and enabling local businesses to connect to markets around the world.
We recently supported a Runways UK Regions event - part of the UK Airports Commission’s regional consultation on its options to increase runway capacity at either Heathrow or Gatwick. At the event, we asked whether airports expansion in the South East is relevant to the rest of the country and debated the role regional airports can play to increase the UK’s connectivity.
The event created some spirited debate, particularly from those who, like me, are disappointed that an option making use of spare capacity in our regional airports did not make Sir Howard Davies’ final shortlist.
But it’s important to remember that any option chosen by the commission will have a '...
This afternoon, the ten leaders and mayors of Core Cities UK, the 'Core Cities Cabinet', met with William Hague MP, chair of The Cabinet Committee for Devolved Powers, to discuss a plan to drive forwa...