North East Devolution and Levelling Up

Mayors Should Drive High-Value Clusters – Report

The UK’s local government structure must change to put mayoral combined authorities (MCAs) in charge of driving clusters of high-value businesses co-ordinated at a city-region level, according to a new report.

The report by Lord Sainsbury of Turville builds on the work of Centre for Cities and proposes that to increase productivity around the country support must be given to the growth of high value-added clusters co-ordinated by MCAs, not by the government. 

To be effective and efficient, says the report, regional institutions should match the geography of the local economy and have accountable leadership and adequate powers and resources. Mayors should be able to join up transport and spatial planning, develop a skills system better aligned with business needs and devote more resources for R&D.