Published: 31st Mar 2011

The Centre for Cities 2011 report makes for interesting reading, especially in its focus on the challenges ahead for places like my home town of Liverpool.  The debate at the launch – which, sadly, I had to miss – will have been compelling. The Centre’s 2011 projections are fairly upbeat for locations such as Bristol and Edinburgh (both, of course, renown for their knowledge-based economies), but the news for cities such as Liverpool (and Birkenhead), Newport and Swansea is measured and dire. Bearing in mind that Liverpool and Birkenhead are separated by a mere half-mile of water, it looks as though Merseyside is in for a pretty rough ride: Birkenhead is predicted to suffer the highest level of welfare cuts (£197 per capita)anywhere in the country, and Liverpool, at £192 cut per capita – £17 per head more than Glasgow – will be the overall hardest hit major city. Which … (To read the full article, subscribe below)