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The challenge: An unequal and diverging Brexit Britain
Britain’s cities and regions face real and growing challenges post-Brexit. It is vital that growth is delivered across the country. However, the UK’s inter-regional inequality is the worst in the OECD and its governance is amongst the most centralised in the world. But, while regional inequality is a priority that has to be addressed, the fast growth potential of all places, including small and mid-sized cities must not be constrained. Delivering balanced growth will require more even distribution of higher level skills, as well as investment in local infrastructure, technology, research and development. This needs to be delivered at the same time as the transformation of public services to meet the needs of current and future populations. It will also require strong and unified local leadership.
The opportunity: Moving beyond the Metro-mayors
The metro-region approach has proved difficult to translate to smaller cities and rural areas. New approaches to local growth and reform are desperately needed. The Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper has made clear that it views collaboration between businesses, universities, and local leaders as vital to transform the prospects for growth. From a place-based perspective, this represents an opportunity to review existing institutional relationships and shape a new devolution that respects strong local identities while providing the right powers for the future.
Our work: Delivering for places
ResPublica have been at the forefront of the devolution debate, working with cities and places to establish a new economic, social and cultural settlement. Our ideas have been adopted by Government and successes have been achieved with our larger cities agreeing deals and gaining additional powers. Now, we’re looking to accelerate the pace of change and put real power in the hands of cities, and councils as their stewards.
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