Faced with political resistance, the Conservative Party seems to be abandoning not just the policy but its understanding of the problem.
Changes to trading hours are being considered, but they’re not the answer to our post-lockdown recovery.
Ever since the EU referendum, there’s been renewed focus on how to help poorer places. Helpfully there is decades of evidence about what does and doesn’t work.
Without a boost to infrastructure and local services, it will not be possible to increase the housing supply.
Nevertheless, tax alone won’t solve our challenge. Instead we must reshape the high street experience – as we’re starting to do in the West Midlands.
Our new report outlines several practical steps that government, both locally and in Westminster, can take to prepare Britain’s mobile infrastructure.
Whoever leads the Conservatives into the next election needs to gamble some of its political capital on winning over young, urban voters.
Divert funds from easing tuition fees into funding Further Education; sensible railway investment in the North; and refocus devolution on cities.
Successful Singapore is simply copying what previous Conservative governments have done – namely, to deliver directly hundreds of thousands of new houses.
Research shows that places like Manchester, Birmingham, and Leeds are overwhelmingly preferred by growth-driving business, and lift their rural hinterlands too.
There is strong public support for powerful mayors who can take the lead on tackling the problems of our city regions.