The Chancellor’s spending review capped a year of rapid change for Core Cities and the city devolution agenda.
It's worth remembering where we were in February, when our devolution summit took place in Glasgow. At that event everyone from Danny Alexander - the then Chief Secretary to the Treasury - to Jim Murphy - then the leader of Scottish Labour - backed our demands for greater freedoms to our big cities.
Just nine months on and we saw the chancellor come to the despatch box and once again restate his support for initiatives like Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine.
We have seen amazing progress, but the spending review also exposed the gap between rhetoric and reality when it comes to devolution and how the devil really is in the detail.
Take fiscal reform, something that Core Cities which we see as key to boosting our cities economy and productivity.
The chancellor re-announced his decision on the devolution of business...
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 cities to...
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.
Investment in infrastructure has always been a key determinant of the...