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
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.
Decreasing Whitehall’s dominance
Lord Porter makes an impassioned case for devolution, arguing local and central government cannot deliver more than the sum of their parts without urgent reform.
‘Unleash county powers for growth
Devolution of public spending and tax-raising powers to county councils would boost England’s economy and lift it back to pre-Brexit growth rates, new research has suggested.
Porter to call for council tax rises
Local authorities should be allowed to increase council tax, the Tory chairman of the Local Government Association (LGA) will argue today.
Full county devolution could be perfect tonic
The Government should be ambitious and seriously consider full fiscal devolution to county areas, argues chairman of the County Councils' Network, Cllr Paul Carter.
Report: Unleash sleeping county giants
Devolution of public spending and tax raising powers to county councils would boost England’s economy and lift it back to pre-Brexit growth rates, new research has suggested.
City deals among promises in DUP-Conservative deal
Fresh devolved powers for Northern Ireland form a key part of today’s £1bn deal between the minority Conservative government and the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP).
Rebooting the devolution agenda
Sean Nolan looks at the results of the English mayoral elections and assesses what is next on the agenda.
Burnham’s integration vow over GM health and care
Andy Burnham has vowed to drive ‘further and deeper’ integration in Greater Manchester as he pushes health and social care towards a single system.
Lessons from Berlin
The issues plaguing adult social care are not unique to the UK. Clive Betts recounts the lessons learned from the Communities and Local Government Committee’s trip to Berlin.
Tributes paid to localist professor
Professor George Jones, a passionate advocate of local government and long-term contributor to The MJ, has died aged 79.
Think-tank calls for fiscal devolution
Council tax and business rates in Scotland should be devolved in full to local authorities, a think-tank has argued.
Top-down plan shot down
Town halls and experts have kicked back at sweeping proposals urging ministers to impose new devolution structures on places that fail to agree them locally.
We need to talk about the state of the state
We are trying to pay for public services with a tax system based on property and full-time employment as we shift to online shopping and the gig economy, writes Heather Jameson.
The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom
Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.
Devolution damaged by 'endless tinkering'
Regional government has been subject to ‘endless tinkering’ which has damaged effective devolution and Britain’s economic performance, a damning study of Whitehall policy has found.
The revaluation row is a harbinger of controversies to come
Michael Burton warns revaluation raises wider questions as to whether the current incentive to increase local business rate income is a sensible method.
Councils may lose out on growth after 100% rates retention
Councils on the cusp of redistribution thresholds after 100% business rates retention could be discouraged from chasing economic growth, a top economist has warned.
MPs call for rates and LEP reviews
MPs have called for separate government reviews of local enterprise partnerships (LEP) and the business rates system as part of the industrial strategy.