when we take the boom goggles off, what do we see? We see disadvantages, which even the fastest train won’t solve completely – poor skills levels, fierce competition across the UK and beyond, a flawed economic planning context, national economic stewardship which still favours the city of London and no proper industrial strategy.
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The biggest lesson from the last century is this: the government needs to invest in skills and infrastructure now. If government can get this right, the investment will be more than repaid in years to come.
It’s important to try to re-set the terms of the somewhat uninspiring debate that is currently accompanying welfare reform in this country. I hope that, in part, this can be done by comparing the UK’s welfare arrangements and reform trajectory with those in other countries.
To those who question the future role of local authorities, Camden’s Equality Taskforce provides a bold answer and will help the council to define a much clearer role as a local strategic and democratic leader in an uncertain future.
One thing seems clear from general conversations, discussion boards and the press is that people don’t want a political mayor because they feel that Bristol’s politics are poisonous and have held the city back for decades. Take that into account and we’ve got a long way to go to get a good selection to choose from.
The challenge is where the City Deals progress from here. The government will probably go through a similar process with smaller cities, and these places – of different scale, and facing a different set of challenges – will have to be creative all over again to find initiatives and settlements that work for them (and for the government)
If you are doing all you can but only twice as fast is good enough, where will change ever come from? It is a paradox of advantage: advantage can only be diminished by increasing the performance of the disadvantaged to levels in excess of their resources.
While the importance of economic growth seems axiomatic at a national policy level, almost a universal good, it is interesting to be reminded in a place like Cambridge that growth is a slippery and often difficult concept, not always met with the same enthusiasm among those who have to live with its impacts.
How will the introduction of the Community Infrastructure Levy impact on local development plans? Karen Cooksley explains all
A study mapping government policies in England shows the importance of understanding the bigger picture, as Cecilia Wong, Mark Baker, Stephen Hincks, Andreas Schultz-Baing and Brian Webb explain