Core Cities

  • Ministers urged to embrace ambitious devolution agenda

    10 February 2020

    The UK’s biggest cities have urged ministers to embrace an ambitious devolution agenda and not ‘merely level up’ powers across the country. 


  • OECD will say our over-centralised system holds places back

    14 January 2020

    Core Cities has commissioned the OECD to put together a new and radical report into putting in place the right policies to enable places to fulfil their potential, says Cllr Judith Blake.


  • Devolution legislation planned for Queen's Speech

    02 October 2019

    The Government is planning to launch the next round of devolution legislation in the Queen’s Speech, The MJ understands.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Core Cities' £28bn Shared Prosperity Fund warning

    26 September 2019

    The proposed UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) must be worth at least £28bn over seven years if the UK is to deliver its devolved policy objectives, a leading sector body has warned.


  • Amid Brexit confusion, what about LEPs?

    25 September 2019

    Would it not be better to build strong, accountable devolution across the whole country and hand powers, responsibilities and funding to the combined authorities, asks Heather Jameson.


  • Deliver HS2 'in full'

    04 September 2019

    Cllr Judith Blake says HS2 must be delivered in full 'and that it is key to rebalancing our nation, relieving the pressure on our Victorian-era rail network and creating economic growth in our cities'.


  • Unprecedented joint Spending Review bid floated

    19 August 2019

    An unprecedented joint bid could be made to next year’s Spending Review by Core Cities, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and Homes England.


  • Tourism levy meeting call

    13 August 2019

    Core Cities has called for a meeting with new culture secretary Nicky Morgan and her ministers to discuss the idea of a hotel room levy.


  • Time for a UK-wide debate on tourism levies

    03 July 2019

    Cities south of the border including Birmingham have plans to consider tourism levies. Cllr Judith Blake says Core Cities UK believes it's time for a national discussion about whether one might work in the UK.


  • Making cities emotionally intelligent places

    02 July 2019

    Europe’s first ‘urban psychology’ summit looked at how we might make cities that better help people develop from pre-birth onwards. Chris Murray outlines the key points from the agenda-setting event.


  • Business rates relief control call

    20 May 2019

    District councils have called for full control over the business rates relief that is awarded in their area amid claims that it is ‘unnecessarily generous’.


  • Delivering on the cities challenge

    08 May 2019

    Cities face the huge task of boosting their economies and creating places where all can thrive post-Brexit. Chief executives from some of the UK’s largest cities joined a round table debate with PwC and Core Cities to discuss progress.


  • Investment in children's centres helps deliver real results

    08 May 2019

    Leeds has become the first UK city to lower its childhood obesity rate - and the role played by children's centres vindicates the council's decision to protect funding despite heavy cuts to overall grant funding, says Judith Blake.


  • Travelling on the long road to improvement

    09 April 2019

    After the big developments of the past week – with the improvement team finishing its intervention and a stern report warning of the work still to be done to stabilise Birmingham’s finances, Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Dawn Baxendale


  • EXCLUSIVE: Brexit impact unit moves into its response phase

    28 March 2019

    The Government unit charged with collecting information about how councils are dealing with the impact of Brexit has moved from the preparedness to response phase.


  • The Stronger Towns Fund is not the right solution to a complex problem

    11 March 2019

    The Stronger Towns Fund is not the response we need to a complex and nuanced problem, says chair of Core Cities Cllr Judith Blake.


  • When it comes to our cities there are reasons to be cheerful

    16 January 2019

    There is little doubt that 2019 will be an historic and turbulent year, but there are some great opportunities for our cities to drive radical change and play a key role in post-Brexit Britain, says Cllr Judith Blake


  • Why it is time for a fair deal for everyone

    19 November 2018

    The system is broken for everyone and we need to stop wasting valuable time and effort arguing with others about who has been hit hardest by austerity, argues vice chair of Core Cities Cllr Jon Collins


  • Core Cities could generate almost £100bn every year

    30 October 2018

    We can generate almost £100bn for the UK economy every year if Government adopts our 'productivity package' bringing us up to the level of other European cities, says chair of Core Cities UK Cllr Judith Blake


  • Councils warn of no deal Brexit risks

    24 July 2018

    A no deal Brexit would leave councils struggling with new checks on EU imports and without access to billions of pounds, Smith Square has warned.