Key Cities

  • The high street is dead, long live the high street

    19 January 2021

    Six Key Cities members received all or part of the Future High Streets funding they originally bid for. Cllr John Merry explains how high streets can become the beating hearts of communities once again.

  • 2020: Time for a new era in local and central government collaboration

    14 January 2020

    Chair of Key Cities Cllr John Merry welcomes both devolution and the Government’s stated ambition to prioritise investment in infrastructure ‘as this is something that our regions are crying out for especially beyond London and the Home Counties’.

  • Mid-sized cities should be Government’s automatic choice for tech impact pilots

    03 July 2019

    Chair of the Key Cities Group Cllr Peter Box says mid-sized cities are ideally positioned to be the UK's automation pilot areas (AutoPilots)

  • 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.

  • Mid-sized cities are ready to push for enhanced growth

    04 February 2019

    The Key Cities Group's latest report calls on the UK and devolved governments to work more closely with mid-sized cities. They stand ready, willing and able to lead the push for enhanced growth and social mobility, says Cllr Peter Box

  • Denver tax 'demonstrates fiscal devolution need'

    23 November 2018

    The introduction of a 0.25% sales tax in Denver is ‘further proof of the need for devolved political power in the UK,’ a local government finance expert has suggested.

  • 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.

  • Cities need to up their game to make devolution a success

    12 March 2018

    Devolution is not just about gaining new powers, it is about using the powers you already have. Andrew Carter believes cities are not as doing as much as they can.

  • We need a bolder Budget

    21 November 2017

    Philip Hammond has a chance to put Britain on firmer ground as we leave the EU, and we expect the chancellor to deliver, writes Cllr Peter Box.

  • Newark and Sherwood chief exec moves to Channel Islands

    15 November 2017

    Newark and Sherwood DC’s chief executive, Andrew Muter, will leave the council in February next year to take up a new position as chief executive of the States of Alderney in the Channel Islands.

  • Leaders call for Brexit 'city deal'

    31 October 2017

    More than 30 urban leaders have called for a Brexit ‘city deal’ that recognises their role in promoting growth.

  • The keys to prosperity

    24 May 2017

    Key Cities leaders gathered at a round table event, organised in partnership with The MJ, to discuss their pivotal role in propping up the UK economy and creating vibrant communities after Brexit. Sam Clayden reports.

  • Something to build on

    20 April 2017

    Key figures talk to Heather Jameson about the impact the Industrial Strategy will have on national growth, with local government poised to take centre stage.

  • Joint Whitehall approach ‘key to making Industrial Strategy work’

    20 April 2017

    The Industrial Strategy will need co-ordination across Whitehall departments and between central and local government to make it work, sector experts have warned.

  • Cities had better get geared up to lead the UK’s export drive

    08 February 2017

    In a few years the UK will be in a very different business environment, and cities need to be prepared for it, writes Michael Burton.

  • Breaking through the turmoil

    30 January 2017

    Cllr Paul Watson calls for the necessary levers needed to encourage inclusive growth and social cohesion.

  • Box blasts Osborne's Northern Powerhouse think-tank

    05 October 2016

    George Osborne’s new Northern Powerhouse Partnership is focused on the ‘same old obsessions’ and offers nothing new for devolution, a Local Government Association deputy chair has claimed.

  • Finding a silver lining

    05 October 2016

    Local and national government need to adopt a new economic policy that includes all of society and councils need to be on the front foot to lead this agenda, says Paul Watson

  • Strong branding lacked key details

    17 August 2016

    An industrial strategy to cover the whole country is long overdue and is all the more urgent following the vote to leave the EU, writes leader of Sunderland City Council and chair of the Key Cities group Paul Watson.

  • Lies and statistics

    04 May 2016

    Paul Wheeler says devolution means it is now more important than ever for comparisons across local government to be fair and realistic