Archive for December, 2011

Will City Deals succeed?

December 15, 2011

Last week Ministers unveiled substantial new powers for English cities. How will these work out at street level?

I’ve posted some thoughts on the prospects for City Deals on the SERC blog.

I think City Deals could profoundly change the way central and local government work together. For urban policy geeks like me that’s pretty exciting. However, I’ve kept the analysis as calm as possible. Both Whitehall and cities face some major obstacles to making City Deals work, and we won’t see the results for a while yet.

Now read on

Tech City at City Hall

December 7, 2011

I gave evidence to the London Assembly Economy, Culture and Sport Committee  on Tech City yesterday.  On the panel with me were Eric van der Kleij (Tech City UK), Kulveer Ranger from the Mayor’s Office, Theo Bertram (Google), Georg Ell (Yammer) and Jeff Lynn (Seedrs).

You can see the 90s-style ‘webcast’ here. There’s some entertaining political gunfighting between Kulveer Ranger and some of the Labour members for the first 20 minutes, and then a good hour of discussion after that.

Happy viewing!

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