Making smart cities a success in the UK
Smart Cities Our cities are the powerhouse of our economy. Well over half the UK population lives in our 64 largest urban areas and of the 1.3million jobs created between 2010 and 2014, three quarters were in our cities.
This has been great for Britain, but it brings with it many challenges. We need to ensure our cities can continue to act as hotbeds of economic growth.
We’re taking real action to support our cities, but the best thing we can do is devolving power back where it belongs: in the hands of the people who live in them
For too long, too many decisions have been made in central government rather than at the local level. If our Smart Cities are going to reach their full potential they need a clear vision that reflects the needs of local people, not of distant civil servants.
That’s why I’m not going to try and impose a single approach on the UK’s diverse cities, but instead do everything within my power to devolve power to those who can make smart cities a success: the people who live in them.