City Growth Commission: Open Call for Evidence
Evidence submission period: 28 October 2013 to 17 January 2014
There is increasing recognition of the role of cities in creating economic growth in the UK and globally. In this context, RSA 2020 Public Services launches the City Growth Commission, a major new inquiry into how best to enable England’s cities to drive growth and respond to the fiscal and economic challenges of the future.
The City Growth Commission will develop an overarching plan for supporting city-led growth and rebalancing the economy. It will aim to engage with Whitehall, business and the political parties in order to generate broad support for its proposals and to lay the policy foundations for the next stage of devolution to our cities.
The Commission welcomes evidence from a broad range of stakeholders, particularly from businesses, business groups and investors, as well as from local and regional government, think tanks, universities and civil society organisations. We welcome your views on any of the questions below. Evidence with relevant case studies and/or strong empirical data will be particularly valued.
To whom is this call for evidence directed?
This call is primarily (though not exclusively) directed towards business representatives, academics and policymakers. We need to establish a broad and deep knowledge base, including the perspectives of those who may not be obvious stakeholders.
What will be done with my evidence?
The open call for evidence will serve as one of three formal inputs into the Commission’s final report (along with commissioned research and high-level roundtables). All evidence will be read and considered by the research team and used to help formulate the Commission’s final analysis and recommendations. Submitted evidence may also be used as the basis on which to invite stakeholders to submit additional evidence in oral consultations.
Will submissions be confidential?
Submissions will be published on the Commission website unless you request that your evidence remain confidential. In such cases, we may still draw data and quotations (with identifying information excised). Data will be stored in compliance with Data Protection requirements.
How do I submit evidence?
You may submit evidence via web (preferred) via the City Growth Commission online form, or email your documents to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, you can mail materials to City Growth Commission, The RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ. The submission period is from 28 October 2013 to 17 January 2014.
For email submissions, please send only Word or PDF files. Please respond to only one question at a time, and make clear which question you are answering. If you wish to respond to multiple questions, we would be grateful if you could structure your response by question.
All submissions must include your name, the name of your organisation, a contact number and an email address. Please ensure any supplemental materials such as data and appendices also include this information. Personal contact details will not be published.
The Commission plans to consider the following questions:
- What are the key benefits – for the economy, investment, innovation, productivity and public finances – of shifting to a multi-polar growth model, in which our major cities are key players in the nation’s economy?
- What does the international evidence show about the role of cities in driving growth and catalysing innovation? What are the key success factors that we can learn from?
- What is the relationship between public service reform and economic growth at city level? How can more effective demand management – through public service reconfiguration and integration for instance – help to drive social and economic productivity? Can this enable our cities to become more financially sustainable?
- How can decision making and responsibility for public policy and public services be better aligned with the reality of local labour markets? How can policies around employment support, childcare, skills policy, welfare strategy and economic development better reflect the needs of local people and businesses?
- How can growth in other English cities complement London’s economic success? What should be the interrelationship between devolution, growth and reform strategies in London and in our other major cities?
- What needs to change between Whitehall and our cities to multi-polar growth a reality? What does the Centre need to do to enable this and what economic and revenue levers do cities require?
- What other practical, organisational, cultural and systemic barriers stand in the way of a fundamental shift in economic power to our cities and how can these be overcome?