The new Urban Sciences building at Science Central in Newcastle Whatever the future of austerity, if cities are to thrive they need to make the most of their local assets, says Andrew Carter, chief executive of the Centre for Cities There has been much speculation in recent weeks that the government is set to ease its austerity policies, with the chancellor Philip Hammond interpreting the shock general elections result as sign that people are ‘weary’ after the ‘hard slog’ of the last seven years. However, it remains to be seen whether any relaxation of austerity would apply to local government funding – meaning that places across the country will need to look for new ways of generating the money needed to fund the crucial public services they provide. Yet as a new Centre for Cities report – How city partnerships make the most of public assets … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Andrew Carter is chief executive of Centre for Cities