Today the city growth commission has launched Empowering Metro Growth, setting out how devolution to and increased freedoms for our great cities might work in practice.
It reinforces the social and economic case for city devolution and reminds the Prime Minister – who has recently talked of the need to empower our great cities - that ‘actions speak louder than words’.
But there is a danger the Government gets side-tracked by a constitutional cul-de-sac – English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) - the so-called West Lothian Question.
If English MPs are not allowed to vote on matters affecting only Scotland why are Scottish MPs allowed to vote on laws affecting only England?
If Scotland has a separate parliament then England should have one. But in reality, an English parliament would be an expensive white elephant.
An English parliament would not rebalance our economy or unlock the great potential of cities to generate...
Housing minister Brandon Lewis MP recently called for councils to get Britain Building. Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool and Core Cities Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning, sets out why greater freedom for the UK's cities is key.
If you want a classic example of a 'market failure' look no further than UK housing.
There is a chronic shortage of good quality, affordable homes, a complex maze of planning laws and funding streams - 36 at the last count - with supply being left to the whim of developers who build according to shareholder, not social, need.
Meanwhile our existing housing stock needs revamping and retro-fitting to make sure people use less energy and we make fuel poverty a thing of the past.
We all know someone, often younger than ourselves, who cannot afford to step on the housing ladder and who saves hard for a deposit, only to find that rising prices have put that area or that house completely out...
It debates whether the economic relationship between the capital and the rest of the country is actually healthy, and whether the growth in London has held the rest of the country back, particularly amongst its ‘second tier’ cities. She concludes that the real issue is over-centralisation by successive Governments, leading to policy which focuses on South East problems and does not necessarily help other places to resolve theirs.
It is true that London has seen growth of twice the national average between 2007-11, and public investment in London tends to be much higher than the...