Ben Harrison

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To Win in 2015, Tories, Labour and Lib Dems Need to Think Cities

(0) Comments | Posted 20 June 2014 | (11:55)

The next UK General Election is now less than a year away and all of the parties have been busy sharpening their policy agendas and campaign messages.

The election itself will inevitably focus on issues that matter most to voters - from jobs and housing...

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What Did the 2013 Spending Review Mean for UK Cities?

(1) Comments | Posted 28 June 2013 | (10:20)

Although braced for bad news in terms of cuts to their budgets, many cities also held high expectations that the Spending Review would bring some good news on additional freedoms for local areas to prioritise spending, and new capital investment to boost local growth.

So, now that we have...

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HMV May Have Been Rescued, but We Still Need to Fundamentally Re-Think Our Cities' High Streets

(3) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (15:31)

Last week's news that stricken high street giant HMV has been rescued will be a relief to many, not least those whose jobs will be saved by the deal. But the fundamental challenges facing our high streets remain.

HMV is just one of a series of large chains...

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Home Time: Why We Need to Boost Housing Supply in Our Growing Cities Now

(0) Comments | Posted 28 March 2013 | (17:57)

One of the big debates following last week's Budget statement has been the likely impact of the Chancellor's new initiative to improve access to home ownership - "Help to Buy". The scheme aims to encourage housebuilding by countering fears in the development industry that a lack of affordable...

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A Budget for Growth Tomorrow?

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2013 | (17:37)

George Osborne's budget yesterday rightly focussed on some of the issues vital to improving the economic performance of our cities, including increased access to housing, new infrastructure investment, and empowering our urban areas to take greater direct control of their economies themselves. But many of the policies announced will be...

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