Core Cities

  • 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.

  • Local transport bodies need greater freedoms

    10 July 2018

    Local economies suffer due to transport disruption. Cllr Judith Blake explains what cities need if they are to take control of their local networks.

  • Keeping our creative economy afloat

    16 May 2018

    Cllr Judith Blake on funding cities' cultural offerings.

  • Are our arguments finally getting through to ministers?

    20 March 2018

    While some in government seem to be getting the message about council finances, Cllr Judith Blake argues the Treasury still does not.

  • Deprivation key to fair funding - Core Cities

    15 March 2018

    Student numbers, deprivation, density and pollution should all be recognised by the Government when it draws up new spending formulas, the Core Cities have argued.

  • Timetable will plunge sector into 'crisis management'

    15 March 2018

    Local government would be thrown into a period of ‘crisis management’ under the Government’s current fair funding timetable, Whitehall has been warned.