Magazine article Public Finance

All Joined Up?

Magazine article Public Finance

All Joined Up?

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Clive Betts (News, 2 September) says, correctly, that combined authorities could act as a basis for greater collaboration in other city regions. But I can't help wondering what this means for the rest of the country.

He is also right to say that it will be interesting to see how it works. The relationships between nearby local authorities in these city regions - as in other parts of the country - have not always been, to put it delicately, as mutually supportive as one would hope. So will the prize of regional coordination be big enough to trump what are often decades-old political (with a small p) disagreements?

But let's be optimistic, and assume that all goes well with the new arrangements. Even if the next couple of years see a succession of successful applications for combined authorities, both from the 'Core Cities' and even some of the nascent 'Key Cities', there will still be a very large number of councils - including some very big ones - who will not be part of this, being either urban but part of a smaller municipality, or rural but not adjoining a major city. What does the future hold for them, then - are they to become just the 'spaces in between' cities? …

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