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The UK is one of the most centralised countries of its size in the developed world, and English local government has the most circumscribed powers of any equivalent tier internationally. Despite the many merits of the Localism Act 2011, communities are still relatively powerless when it comes to shaping their local area and participating in their public services, and people no longer believe that voting will deliver the changes they require.
Published: 06 October 2015The Missing Multipliers: Devolution to Britain’s Key Cities positions the needs of Britain’s Key Cities at the forefront of the devolution debate, advancing the argument that mid-sized cities are the‘missing...Download as PDF
Published: 23 July 2015ResPublica’s new report, A Community Right to Beauty: Giving communities the power to shape, enhance and create beautiful places, buildings and spaces, argues for the restoration and democratisation of beauty...Download as PDF
Published: 01 May 2015The Key Cities group represent cities across England and Wales, we say Britain’s cities in the title of this manifesto because we think the arguments employed here apply to all...Download as PDF
Published: 09 February 2015The debate on devolution, not only between parliaments, but for cities and other places across the whole of the UK, has never been more important to the future of our...Download as PDF
Published: 15 September 2014Monday 15th September marked the launch of ResPublica’s report ‘Devo Max – Devo Manc’. The report proposed a radical plan to give Greater Manchester greater control of its finances and...Download as PDF
Published: 07 May 2014The National Health Service is at a critical juncture in its long and illustrious history. Tighter public finances brought about by the most significant programme of fiscal contraction for a...Download as PDF
We aim to encourage a radical departure from how this issue has been presented in the UK. It is often implicitly recognized that we need...