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Key Cities Manifesto 2024

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March 20, 2024
Local government is in crisis. Councils are at breaking point after over a decade of repeated funding cuts and constrained resources. The upcoming election offers the opportunity for a public debate about the realities facing people of all ages about where they live and work. It is a chance to address the most critically stretched council services, secure greater financial stability for local government and our cities, and mitigate the long-term, unsustainable risks for the country – and indeed for central government.

In this manifesto from 27 Key Cities, representing city leaders from all political parties and from all regions of the country, we set this plea for change in context with policy recommendations that address the most pressing issues our cities face across the country. They are based on the knowledge and experience of our network, which represents over 10% of the British population, equivalent to the largest network of urban areas outside the capital.

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