Our Manchester is my great challenge
After an emotional six-month spell at the helm of Manchester City Council, Joanne Roney talks to Heather Jameson about the plans for the city going forward, the importance of community and the rebuilding work that continues to be done in many social areas.
Much bolder thinking on English devolution is overdue
Drawing on his research into metropolitan governance across the globe, Robin Hambleton calls on ministers to refresh their approach to devolution.
Blow for Lancashire devo deal as leader demands greater commitment
Hopes for a Lancashire devolution deal have been dealt another blow after the county council’s leader demanded assurances other authorities were committed to the project.
Combined authorities: signs of success?
Martin Ellender and Kevin Gibbs believe combined authorities have the potential to transform place-based leadership, but meaningful fiscal devolution is needed to safeguard their success.
Martin Reeves: What I learned from my time as a twin hatter
Reflecting on his time leading the West Midlands Combined Authority, Martin Reeves reveals what he learned about trust, identity and leadership.
Mayor intervenes as auditors probe LEP
The Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (GCGPLEP) is causing the area ‘reputational damage,’ the region’s mayor has warned.
Ministers must recover a singular purpose over devolution
The Government needs to go back to its original focus for its city devolution agenda and regain a uniformity of voice, argues Andrew Carter.
Brexit cannot allow ministers to run roughshod over communities
Meaningful fiscal devolution is an imperative after Brexit, argues Rob Whiteman.
Blurring of responsibilities could undermine growth
Combined authorities must work with local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) to overcome the ‘institutional blurring’ of responsibilities that threaten to undermine growth prospects, experts have warned.
The combined authority that’s Educating West Yorkshire
Susan Hinchcliffe expands on the role of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority in successfully delivering education to further skills and employment in the Leeds City Region.
Gender disparity is alive and well
Does local government work for women? The answer is a firm ‘no’, according to Heather Wakefield, as she examines the shocking results of a recent report by the Fawcett Society’s Local Government Commission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Call for more women in local government
Council leaders have admitted that the move towards gender balance in local government should be made at a ‘faster pace’.
‘Involve small firms in devo deals,’ CAs told
Combined authorities need to take small firms with them in any devolution deal-making, the Federation of Small Business (FSB) has urged.
CIPFA set to target CAs
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) is expected to focus on combined authorities when it publishes a new version of its prudential code.
Is the county devolution door still open?
After the Northern Powerhouse minister's suggestion that devolution was a city only game, Martin Hill explains why overlooking the counties would be a missed opportunity.
Griffin replaces retiring Rickards
Sedgemoor DC has approved a new interim chief executive.