Centre for Cities

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The Centre for Cities is an independent, non-partisan urban policy research unit and a charity registered in England.[1] The Centre's main goal is to understand how and why economic growth and change takes place in the United Kingdom's cities.


The Centre for Cities was launched in March 2005 as part of IPPR and became independent in November 2007.


The Centre produces an annual Cities Outlook report assessing the economic performance of the 64 largest towns and cities in the United Kingdom.[2][3][4] From 2016 onwards the Centre for Cities reevaluated its methodology for defining Primary Urban Areas, based on this it now recognises 63 Primary urban areas in the UK, with Grimsby and Hastings dropped and Basildon, Exeter and Slough included and Bolton and Rochdale merged with the Manchester PUA.[5]

In 2018, the Centre for Cities released a report challenging the Government's approach to improving UK business productivity. They suggest that the Government should focus on the UK's weaker regions to attract more productive exporters, and not just focus on the UK's least productive companies in general[6].


Centre for Cities has been a given a B grade for funding transparency by Who Funds You?[7]


  1. ^ Charity Commission. Centre for Cities, registered charity no. 1119841.
  2. ^ "Cities Outlook 2014". Centre for Cities. 27 January 2014. Archived from the original on 20 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Centre for Cities says economic gap with London widening". BBC News. 27 January 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  4. ^ Helen Carter (24 January 2011). "Cities report reveals mixed picture of economic recovery". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  5. ^ "The changing geography of the UK economy - Centre for Cities". Centre for Cities. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2017.
  6. ^ Delphine Strauss (24 May 2018). "'Solution' to UK productivity puzzle is misconceived, study finds". The Financial Times. Retrieved 27 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Centre for Cities | Who Funds You?". whofundsyou.org. Retrieved 2019-07-07.

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