Mayor leads call to government for increased powers and investment in cities

Thursday September 14th, 2017

Mayor Marvin Rees has joined the leaders and mayors of the UK’s most powerful cities in calling on the government for increased powers and investment to help Bristol achieve its potential (September 13th).Government Opportunities

The UK’s most economically powerful cities outside London can strengthen the UK’s labour market and industrial sectors, post ‘Brexit’, if they are given enough powers and freedoms – according to a new report published yesterday (Tuesday 12 September).

Core Cities UK, the representative voice of the UK’s ten biggest cities outside London, has launched its own green paper: Invest Reform Trust which calls on the Government to rebalance the UK and adopt a local focus to policy to ensure a stronger and fairer Britain.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, visited Westminster yesterday to launch the report with leaders of the other core cities.

He said: “Bristol is consistently rated as one of the best places to live and visit in the UK. With its wealth of culture, together with its attractiveness, friendliness and accessibility, it has a visitor economy in excess of £1.3billion that supports both leisure and business tourism.

So far, ministers have not involved us in plans for the economy after ‘Brexit’ – so I, with the other core city leaders, am taking the opportunity to start that discussion, and we are reminding ministers we want to be part of an inclusive conversation.”

A copy of the green paper can be viewed and downloaded by visiting

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