‘How the Other Half Grows: the future of prosperity and public services in non-metropolitan England'
Non-metropolitan areas account for roughly half of England's economy and population. This means that their economic contribution, and their growth potential, is as significant for the nation as that of the big cities.
But their mix of businesses, and the challenges faced by areas of less dense population, of more diffuse transport networks, of market towns, green belts, and small cities, are different, and so is the pattern of governance. The future of the economy and public services in these areas deserves as much attention as that of cities.
The Commission has published its interim report, ‘How the Other Half Grows: the future of prosperity and public services in non-metropolitan England'. The report illustrates the economic potential of non-metropolitan areas and sets out messages for central and local government. Comments are invited on these proposals to inform the Commission's final recommendations in early 2015.
Further information can be found on the Commission pages.
13 November 2014