Local results will supercharge the levelling up ambitions
The Conservative government is now set to enjoy an assured position of dominance and power at local and national level, says chief executive of Localis Jonathan Werran.
Devolution call in business leaders' blueprint
Top business leaders have issued a blueprint for recovery that includes more devolved powers for metro mayors, unitaries and counties, and rebranded local enterprise partnerships (LEPs).
Seizing the opportunity
Local authorities are setting their own devolution agenda, showing there’s no need to wait for the White Paper to push ahead, argue Jonathan House and Ben Pykett of PwC.
Stronger, greener and fairer
Mark Bousfield explains how creative investment – both big and small – has paved the way to an exciting future for the Liverpool city region.
Groundwork laid for combined authority
Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council are pressing ahead with laying the political groundwork for a combined authority as they await a decision from the Government.
Throwing out ‘business as usual’
Innovation Unit’s Seb Chapleau outlines how Greater Manchester plans to keep new and nimble ways of working post-COVID.
Leading the way on the climate emergency
West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s approach to tackling the biggest challenge of our times led to it winning the Climate Emergency category at The MJ Awards last year, as Dan Peters reports.
Heseltine highlights devolution ‘botch’
The former deputy Prime Minister claimed the deals process had curbed ambitions in Cornwall and Newcastle.
Devolution requires ‘impetus from the top’
Prime ministerial backing is the key to making a success of devolution, MPs have heard.
How COVID confirmed Greater Manchester’s focus on people not programmes
Daisy Carter outlines how the citizen experience across Greater Manchester changed during COVID and shows the impact of ‘doing things quite differently’.
Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’
The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.
EXCLUSIVE: Shevlin suggests reorganisation alternative as rival bids threaten his council's future
A former chair of the District Councils’ Network chief executives’ group has suggested a radical alternative to reorganisation as battle lines are drawn around him.
Greater Manchester secures £65m lockdown fund
Mayor Andy Burnham has said he expects to get ‘at least’ £65m from the Government to support people affected by tier three coronavirus restrictions.
Call for Cobra meeting with regional leaders
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has pressed for a Cobra meeting with leaders from the English regions and devolved governments.
Rogers to retire next year
The Liverpool-born chief executive of the region’s combined authority has announced he plans to retire next September.
Councils plead for further devolution
Local authorities require more devolved powers to drive improvements in health and social care, MPs have been told.
EXCLUSIVE: Lib Dems raise reorganisation concerns
Lib Dem council leaders have raised ‘serious concerns’ with local government secretary Robert Jenrick about this autumn’s devolution and local recovery White Paper.
Row over lockdown easing
Political tensions have risen over the lifting of local lockdown restrictions in Greater Manchester.
Somerset districts publish reorganisation proposals
District councils in Somerset have proposed the creation of two unitary councils and a combined authority in the county.
A Greater Essex Combined Authority is as important as unitary government
A combined authority on the footprint of the Greater Essex boundary is the right way forward as it offers ‘a sense of identity and is large enough to be effective strategically and be taken seriously by Government’, argues Gavin Jones.