Challenging the system
Shadow communities secretary, Andrew Gwynne, talks to Dan Peters about devolution, fiscal change, and his hope to represent the sector in a far more positive light
Unlocking the problems of centralisation
As the UK prepares to leave the EU, Core Cities chair Cllr Judith Blake tells Heather Jameson what cities have to offer on the economy, democracy and devolution in a post-Brexit world.
Local government is too white
The lack of non-white chief executives and senior managers in local government is embarrassing. Atif Shafique calls for radical action to redress the balance.
What happened to county devolution?
Cllr Paul Carter says the Government needs to devolve to two-tier areas as well as just cities.
EXCLUSIVE: ‘I want to be the best partner for local government’
Heather Jameson talks to communities secretary Sajid Javid about the progress of devolution, future funding, partnership working with the sector and that speech at the LGA conference...
Devolution is dead: Long live devolution
Rumours of the death of devolution have been greatly exaggerated, it would seem, if the secretary of state is to be believed.
Javid’s renewed rally for devo
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has urged council leaders to ‘put the party politics aside’ for the sake of devolution.
Further blow to South Yorkshire devolution deal
Barnsley and Doncaster MBCs refused to back a Sheffield city region devolution deal at a crunch meeting of all four south Yorkshire leaders this morning.
Hidden in plain sight: the frontline answer to devolution woes
Paul O’Brien and Victoria Bettany discuss the findings of their new report, which explores the possibilities for a more cohesive and locally led approach to devolution.
Give councils the full fiscal tools to do the job
Relying on business rates alone to replace RSG will require a heck of a lot of redistribution to compensate poorer areas, writes Michael Burton.
South Norfolk and Broadland to share officers
South Norfolk and Broadland DCs are to consider sharing officers as they discuss plans to work collaboratively and drive efficiency.
Core Cities bypass ministers to meet top EU Brexit chief
EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier will meet directly with the Core Cities’ leaders and mayors after their efforts to engage the UK Government were snubbed.
Barnsley and Doncaster to walk away from South Yorkshire deal
Barnsley and Doncaster MBCs have scuppered the election of a South Yorkshire elected mayor next year and have demanded a Yorkshire-wide devolution deal.
A glimmer of hope?
Drawing from findings from their latest book, Steve Leach and John Stewart look at the steps needed to be taken in order to reverse the damage caused by centralisation.
Leaders concerned over lack of devo progression
Council leaders have called out the Government for not pushing ahead with its devolution agenda.
Government told to kickstart dormant devolution agenda
The Local Government Association has called on the Government to reignite its ‘stalled’ devolution plans.
Northern neglect could be the making of the newly elected mayors
Paul Wheeler looks at the political and strategic implications of controversial Northern Powerhouse-related decisions in recent months.
Devo ‘not the only game in town’
Devolution is not essential for every local authority, the Northern Powerhouse minister has said in a dramatic policy shift.
Financial uncertainty forcing councils to award shorter contracts
The Government should offer subsidised loans to cash-strapped councils to encourage them to award longer contracts to organisations that support children with mental health difficulties, a think-tank has urged.
‘Wall of silence’ blocking county devo
Councils covering areas outside cities have been left frustrated after being met by a ‘wall of silence’ from the Government on devolution.