• EXCLUSIVE: Fresh demand for place-based budgets

    21 August 2019

    A fresh demand for place-based budgets has been made by the co-chair of an independent panel that first made the call five years ago.

  • Promising findings from social work pilots

    19 August 2019

    Devolving budgets to frontline workers to directly support families could reduce the likelihood of children going into care, pilots have found.

  • Treasury renews support for Northern Powerhouse

    16 August 2019

    The Treasury has renewed support for the Northern Powerhouse project as it makes rebalancing the economy one of its core objectives.

  • Give councils the powers, funding and tools they need to deliver

    14 August 2019

    James Jamieson has a message for Boris Johnson: Give us the powers, freedoms, flexibilities and funding and we will deliver your post-Brexit vision that transforms this country for the better.

  • Be bold with Boris

    06 August 2019

    As a former mayor of London, Boris Johnson understands devolution. Bob Neill urges the sector not to waste the opportunity of a local government-savvy Prime Minister

  • Grounds to be optimistic - but let's not get carried away

    06 August 2019

    Andrew Carter says there are reasons to be optimistic about an urban policy renaissance under this Government - but the most significant intervention Boris Johnson could do for cities is to agree a deal with the EU.

  • Call for leaders to be given seat at top table

    05 August 2019

    A council of UK civic leaders chaired by the Prime Minister and mayors on the Privy Council are among the calls from a think-tank. 

  • Boris’ devolution solution

    01 August 2019

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged more devolution to councils and communities in a bid to placate Brexit voters.

  • Taking back control from Westminster

    30 July 2019

    Most Prime Ministers are surrounded by speculation on what they will achieve in their first 100 days. For Boris Johnson, he has just 99 days to deliver Brexit and the clock is rapidly ticking.

  • Boris Johnson backs local government devolution

    29 July 2019

    Council leaders will be given 'greater powers' while cities, counties and towns will become 'more self-governing,' new Prime Minister Boris Johnson has pledged.

  • Are we shooting for the moon?

    24 July 2019

    Cumbria CC’s deputy leader Cllr Peter Thornton makes the case for fair funding and fairer investment – to help unlock the inherent strength and potential of the UK’s rural areas.

  • A vital new voice from the edge

    24 July 2019

    Britain’s Leading Edge is a new collaboration to strengthen the voice of rural areas with no major cities. Cornwall Council chief executive Kate Kennally explains why this is important for the post-Brexit era

  • Dear Chancellor

    24 July 2019

    As the dust settles on the Conservative leadership announcements, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Rob Whiteman writes an open letter to the new Chancellor Sajid Javid hoping for bold, transformative action.

  • It’s time to get to work

    24 July 2019

    Heather Jameson assesses the growing to-do list facing the sector as a new government takes shape, with Brexit still looming in the background.

  • Heseltine in call for new department for the regions

    18 July 2019

    A new department for the regions should be established, former deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has argued.

  • Right time for the Western Powerhouse

    17 July 2019

    Lord Kerslake says the launch of the Western Powerhouse complements the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine and sets out a programme of action to address the growing inequalities between London and the wider South East and the rest of the UK

  • A more ambitious devo agenda should have local government at its core

    17 July 2019

    Local authorities are the backbone of democracy and should be at the core of the next phase of devolution, writes Arianna Giovannini. These principles should be ingrained in the devolution framework, she believes.

  • Only devolution can protect public services from years of Brexit chaos

    15 July 2019

    Andrew Laird argues that only a renewed and rapid drive to devolve power to cities and local areas can protect local public services from years of Brexit inspired central government inaction and chaos.

  • MPs to examine devolution progress

    12 July 2019

    Progress on devolution in England will be scrutinised by a new Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee inquiry.

  • Showtime by the seaside

    09 July 2019

    Ministers, mandarins, town hall, Whitehall and more all met in Bournemouth last week for the Local Government Association conference. Michael Burton reports on the highlights