Government defeated over council involvement in skills plans
The Government has lost a House of Lords vote after peers demanded councils should be involved in drawing up local skills improvement plans.
A focus on areas with stronger leaders will not be good news for all places
What will the devolution agenda look like under Michael Gove, asks Arianna Giovannini? The cases of Ben Houchen and Andy Burnham are 'equally telling on what the way ahead might look like', she says.
Devolution should be the default option, say MPs
Government should consider devolving greater powers in housing, health, planning and education, a new report has argued.
Delivering the prize
Nottinghamshire CC has been ‘beckoned through the door’ to express an interest in an early devo deal, says council leader and MP Ben Bradley. What does he hope could be achieved for the county and the wider regional economy? Ann McGauran reports.
A charter for good employment
Joanne Roney looks at how collaboration between Metro Mayors and local authorities is focusing on delivering decent working conditions for people.
County areas chase devo dream
County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.
Combined authorities lack ‘maturity’
A metro mayor has said combined authorities are not ready to take on new powers.
Devolved regions on song with drive for digital inclusion
Regional leaders have the chance, right now, to be truly ambitious when it comes to achieving widespread digital inclusion, says Helen Milner.
Future Forum North: How a green investment strategy could generate a jobs boom for the North
In a session hosted by ENGIE, a panel of three discussed the economic impact of a green investment strategy for the North.
Together we can tackle child poverty
North of Tyne Combined Authority is developing a two-year £875,000 Child Poverty Prevention programme. Cllr Karen Kilgour says a fair chance in life, with opportunity and security, should be every child’s destiny.
Mayors demand fiscal freedoms
The Government has been urged to go further with devolving powers to existing combined authorities.
Devolution key to tackling health inequalities, report finds
Sir Michael Marmot has said increased funding and far-reaching new powers must be devolved to reduce regional inequalities in England.
Combined authorities advised to ‘revisit’ devo deals
Combined authorities may need to ‘revisit’ devolution deals to help regions recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Why women lose out in the workforce
Women were already off to an unequal start before the pandemic. Now the clock could be turned back even further, says the Centre for Progressive Policy. Ann McGauran investigates.
Localism is important to the electorate
Janice Morphet looks at the electoral response to the management of the pandemic in England, and considers what the results mean for future devolution.
There may be trouble ahead
While the tectonic plates of politics shifted decisively in Shire England after Super Thursday, there are potential problems ahead for the Conservatives, says Paul Wheeler.
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.