Little has changed since a survey of under-performing towns and cities in 2015. So what can be done to stop the cycle of decline?  The Institute of Economic Development, along with the Association of Town and City Management, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, and Royal Town Planning Institute published a report in 2015 called A Brighter Future for our Towns and Cities. The report explored the notion of developing a practitioner-led approach to the challenges faced by under-performing towns and cities, and was based on 11 roundtable discussions across the UK, involving members of each partner organisation. We provided a total of 16 recommendations which, we hoped, would be further developed with partners at all levels. So what were are findings? Some places function well, others do not. Some are commercially over-heating, others are frozen solid. Some have evident reasons to be somewhere people would choose to live in 21st century … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Keith Burge
Keith Burge is a director of the Institute of Economic Development (IED)