Government’s thinking on transport integration is confused
Current arrangements for taxi licensing in shire counties work well and do not need to be disturbed, says Ian Miller.
Plan to fight poverty
Adrian Dougherty sets out lessons from a joined-up approach to addressing child poverty at North of Tyne Combined Authority.
Revised Best Value notices for two authorities
Two authorities have been issued with revised Best Value notices by ministers after it was found more improvement work was required.
Teesworks inquiry finds no evidence of ‘corruption’
An inquiry into accusations of corruption relating to the Teesworks scheme has found no evidence of ‘illegality’ but ‘transparency’ concerns remain.
Awakening of a sleeping giant
Ambition, opportunities and green technologies. South Derbyshire DC has huge potential and is working to unleash it. Ann McGauran reports.
Manchester leads list for local government in New Year honours
The chief executives of both Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have been recognised in the New Year Honours List.
Powering ahead in the West Midlands
The West Midlands Combined Authority is to receive a departmental-style single funding settlement from Government that will enable it to deliver prosperity for local people in the years ahead, writes Laura Shoaf.
Rotheram threatened over Covid restrictions
Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram was assigned 24-hour police security after he received threats during the Covid pandemic, he revealed today.
Mayor failed to intervene following bullying
Details have emerged of a bullying probe at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority that found mayor Nik Johnson breached the organisation’s code of conduct.
West Yorkshire to host £220m investment zone
A new investment zone has been announced for West Yorkshire focused on life sciences.
Mayor apologises as combined authority 'learns lessons'
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority’s chief executive, Rob Bridge, has said he is ‘confident’ his organisation has ‘learned many lessons’ as mayor Nik Johnson apologised.
Why regional policy failed
A report looks at the lessons from in-depth interviews with experts on why UK regional policy has been a failure for 40 years. Ann McGauran reports from a fiery panel discussion on the findings.
'Devolution hopes rest on combined authorities'
Combined authorities represent the greatest hope for devolution in England, according to a new report based on interviews with 95 former ministers and Whitehall mandarins.
Government advisers back fiscal devolution
Fiscal devolution should be ramped up to enable local authorities to develop transport networks, according to the Government’s independent advisers on infrastructure strategy.
Greater Manchester chief executive to retire
Eamonn Boylan has announced his intention to retire as chief executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority.
No prospect of sector spending boost after General Election
Council chief executives have been told Whitehall spending is unlikely to change quickly regardless of who wins the next General Election.
Required: some real radicalism
Dr Simon Kaye reflects on the recent round of political party conferences and argues that a coherent vision for the present – or future – of local authorities in England is still missing.
Labour to 'put communities in control’
A raft of new mayors, combined authorities and devolved powers will be on offer should Labour win the General Election, the party’s conference heard this week.
Bentley insists level two devolution 'best option' for county
Essex CC’s Conservative leader Kevin Bentley has insisted that a level two devolution deal is the ‘best option’ for the county.
Collaborative growth engines
Irrespective of the model for delivering the functions of LEPs, transferring responsibility into local government must be about improving effectiveness not just efficiencies, says Tim Pope.