Published: 24th Mar 2011

London is being given the chance to shape its own economic future, so why shouldn’t other cities? Chris Murray tells Austin Macauley why changes must be made to the localism bill to make that happen ‘It has to be about fundamentally changing the game and terms of reference with government – not a little bit of freedom and money here and there, we need a total shift.’ With that in mind, Chris Murray was hardly likely to have been too excited by the announcement of new enterprise zones in the Budget. Initiatives like this, along with the Regional Growth Fund, while welcome, fall a long way short of the changes he believes governments have avoided for far too long. As director of the Core Cities Group he has the unenviable task of channelling the varying needs and wants of England’s eight largest cities outside London into a single, clear voice. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)