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After two years of speculation, the Government has now published its Levelling Up White Paper - a blueprint designed to reconfigure the UK's economic, political and social geographies and spread prosperity across the country. 

For this episode of City Minutes, Andrew Carter spoke to Centre for Cities Director of Policy and Research Paul Swinney to get the Centre's initial reaction to the Government's plans.

You can read all of Centre for Cities research on levelling up here.

This year’s Cities Outlook looks in-depth at the state of UK high streets to get a sense of the short-term impact of the pandemic on Britain's town and city centres and the long-term consequences and implications this has for the Government’s levelling up agenda.

Our research shows that over the past two years the pandemic has cost some places nearly a years’ worth of high street sales. However, not all places have been affected equally by the pandemic and as such the fate of the high street is not so clear cut.

For this episode of City Minutes, Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel and Analyst Valentine Quinio join Chief Executive Andrew Carter to set out the main findings of the research. They explore key high street trends and behavioural changes, and discuss what implications these have for the future of our city and town centres.

Centre for Cities’ recent research conducts the first comprehensive comparison between transport networks of large British cities and their Western European competitors. It reveals that poor urban transport costs the UK more than £21 billion per year, with less than half of people in big cities outside of London able to reach their city centre quickly using public transport.

For this episode of City Minutes, Anthony Breach and Guilherme Rodrigues – authors of Centre for Cities’ recent report – join Chief Executive Andrew Carter to discuss the differences between how European cities are planned and built in comparison to those in the UK, and the wider implications this has for the levelling up agenda.

The UK Government will soon publish its highly-anticipated Levelling Up White Paper, setting out a plan to level up opportunities and to address the country’s long-standing geographic inequalities.

Levelling up formed a key part of this Government’s 2019 election manifesto and in the two years since has become a political buzzword ahead of the White Paper’s publication this autumn.

What have fellow UK think tank experts made of the levelling up debate so far? How do they feel the agenda’s narrative has evolved over the past eighteen months? What do they expect to see in the forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper?

In this episode of City Talks, Andrew Carter speaks to Will Tanner, Director of Onward and former special advisor to Theresa May, Carys Roberts, Executive Director of IPPR (Institute for Public Policy Research) and Nick Bowes, Chief Executive of Centre for London and former Mayoral Director of Policy at the Greater London Authority.

This episode is part of the Centre for Cities City Talks series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

The UK Government will soon publish a plan for levelling up the country and bridging its long-standing geographic divides.

The UK is not the first country to have to grapple with this challenge; when Germany reunified in 1990, productivity in the former East was was just 60% of that in the West and people in cities such as Leipzig and Dresden were less prosperous than those in Frankfurt or Munich.

Over the last three decades the German Federal Government has worked to close this gap and, though it still exists, prosperity and economic productivity in the former East Germany has now almost caught up with the West.

What did the Federal Government do to achieve this? And what lessons can the German experience offer the UK’s own levelling up agenda? To discuss this Andrew Carter is joined by:

  • Dr Matthias Brachert, Economist at the Centre for Evidence-based Policy Advice, part of IWH Halle, which provides independent economic research.
  • Dr Benjamin Klement, Research Fellow at Fraunhofer Leipzig, the Centre for International Management and the Knowledge Economy. It conducts interdisciplinary socio-economic research.
  • Prof Felix Roesl, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics at the University of Braunschweig and former Economist at IFO Dresden, which conducts economic research on the former East German federal states.

 

More than five months into his second term, the Mayor joined Chief Executive Andrew Carter at this year’s Conservative Party Conference for an in-depth discussion on what’s on his agenda for the future of Tees Valley, his expectations for the upcoming Levelling Up White Paper and his views on further devolution.

This episode is part of the Centre for Cities City Talks podcast series. We invite you to rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

Now more than five months into his second term, the Mayor joined Director of Policy and Research Paul Swinney at this year’s Labour Party Conference for an in-depth discussion on his experiences as Mayor of Greater Manchester and his positioning on levelling up and devolution.

This episode is part of the Centre for Cities City Talks podcast series recorded at Labour Party Conference 2021. We invite you to rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

In May 2021 Tracy Brabin made history as West Yorkshire’s first metro mayor, and Britain’s first female metro mayor.

In this episode of City Talks Andrew Carter caught up with her to discuss her first few months in office, why she stood and her vision for West Yorkshire.

This episode is part of the Centre for Cities City Talks podcast series. Please rate, review and share the episode if you enjoyed it.

Our research shows that not every UK town is struggling. What can we learn from successful towns about the levelling up agenda? What are the main characteristics that differentiate strong towns from weaker ones and what policy is needed to make long-lasting change?

This City Minutes explores these questions as part of our wider ongoing work into the performance of UK towns in the context of levelling up.

In the second episode, host Andrew Carter is joined by Centre for Cities’ Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel to discuss how we can bring greater prosperity to towns that are struggling.

Explore our work on levelling up towns here.

The cities versus towns debate is often unhelpfully pitched as an ‘us versus them’ scenario. What is the nature of the economic relationship between cities and towns and how does it play out across the UK? What implications does the debate have for policy makers and people alike?

This City Minutes explores these questions as part of our wider ongoing work into the performance of UK towns in the context of levelling up.

In the first episode, host Andrew Carter is joined by Centre for Cities’ Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel to discuss the symbiotic relationship between cities and towns and how they benefit from each other.

Explore our work on levelling up towns here. 


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