Metro growth: the UK’s economic opportunity

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain)
Publisher
RSA
Date of publication
1 February 2014
Subject(s)
Community Development and Regeneration, Employment
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The UK is home to one of the world’s truly global cities. But too many of its urban areas outside London are failing to achieve their growth potential. Globally, growth is increasingly driven by cities. But very few in the UK are at the forefront of the nation’s economy and many are overly dependent on public sector funding. It is clear that our centralised political economy is not fit for purpose. In the face of this global trend and of increasing international competition, the City Growth Commission is investigating what is needed to enable our cities to thrive. The Commission will ask how other cities can complement London’s economic success; what political powers and governance arrangements are needed to deliver this; and, how public service reform can start to make other cities become more fiscally sustainable. In assessing these issues, the Commission will focus on skills, infrastructure and devolution of fiscal and policy-making powers. The City Growth Commission runs for only 12 months. Having launched in October 2013 with a call for evidence, the Commission will seek to influence all political parties in the run up to the next General Election, and make the case for cities to take a new role in our political economy. Our recommendations will set out a road map for change. This document sets the scene for the Commission’s work. It explains why cities (metros) not only drive most of our economic activity, but shape how nearly all of us live and work.

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