Alexandra Jones

Alexandra Jones

Alexandra Jones is director of the Centre for Cities
  • Gearing up cities for the uncertainty ahead

    14 February 2017

    Local leaders can still help prepare their places for the uncertainty ahead by investing to improve skills and infrastructure in their areas, writes Alexandra Jones.

  • The three biggest challenges for cities in 2017

    18 January 2017

    Alexandra Jones offers her predictions for the biggest issues in the coming year.

  • Skills are the missing link

    29 November 2016

    Alexandra Jones argues that the Government is missing a key piece of the puzzle in its drive to address growth and prosperity inequalities.

  • The West Midlands - Government's new favourite?

    01 November 2016

    Does the Government's new political direction mean the West Midlands will start to rival Greater Manchester on devolution? Alexandra Jones examines the case

  • Labour's missed opportunity

    05 October 2016

    Labour has missed a huge chance to reclaim the devolution agenda from the Government, says Alexandra Jones

  • May must make the most of UK cities

    06 September 2016

    Theresa May's best option for extending prosperity is to play to the strengths of the national economy and make the most of UK cities, says Alexandra Jones

  • What next for local leaders?

    06 July 2016

    Local leaders have a crucial role to play in showing that UK cities are still open to trade, investment and skills, says Alexandra Jones

  • Raising productivity in the Northern Powerhouse

    07 June 2016

    Research has revealed the importance of productivity to delivering a successful Northern Powerhouse. Alexandra Jones explains the findings.

  • Every strong mayor has a good council

    11 May 2016

    Alexandra Jones says robust relationships between councils and metro mayors is all the more crucial given strong public support for the new roles

  • Variety is the spice of life

    12 April 2016

    As regions overcome major challenges on agreeing devolution deals, Alexandra Jones says ministers must recognise that not every location needs to follow the Greater Manchester template

  • Time for a new strategy

    03 December 2015

    The Spending Review highlights the importance of a significant ‘re-design’ of the local government finance system. Alexandra Jones outlines the challenges this presents.

  • Conquering obstacles on the road to devolution

    30 October 2015

    As the devolution agenda rolls on, chief executive of Centre for Cities Alexandra Jones expands on the challenges that still remain at both local and national level

  • No one size fits all for city devo

    12 August 2015

    With regional city devolution deals about to be put on the table, Alexandra Jones looks at the plans made so far, as well as the potential barriers to progress.

  • Will budget cuts hurt devolution?

    13 October 2014

    In the midst of a highly unpredictable political landscape, party conference season has confirmed at least two certainties for cities after 2015, as Alexandra Jones explains

  • The dangers lurking in Britain’s two-tier economy

    08 September 2014

    Alexandra Jones says Government fixation with sheer number of jobs created has come at expense of quality and propserity.

  • What role for places?

    20 August 2014

    Alexandra Jones examines the rush to gain greater attention for devolution prior to the General Election and urges councils to keep the topic high on their agenda

  • Skills to grow

    03 July 2014

    Centre for Cities chief executive Alexandra Jones outlines the help local authorities need to offer in support of bolstering vital small firms.

  • Know your boundaries

    27 March 2014

    Alexandra Jones explains how working together across boundaries will ultimately contribute to economic growth.

  • My fantasy budget

    25 March 2014

    In an ideal world, here is how Alexandra Jones hoped to be responding to this year’s Budget announcement...

  • The English question

    06 February 2014

    Centre for Cities chief Alexandra Jones says Scottish independent vote offers once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for English cities.