A halfway house?
Housing has featured heavily in the campaigns of the metro mayor hopefuls, but Paul Hunter asks whether they will have the powers and resources to deliver
The mayoral question
With just a week to go until residents in six regions take to the polls, Professor Andy Pike looks at the international evidence and warns the case for metro mayors risks becoming an article of faith rather than of fact.
The sector must be heard
Mark Rogers says campaigning in the run-up to June’s General Election and the ongoing Brexit process must not overshadow the countless agendas that genuinely affect people’s lives.
No proof directly-elected mayors will be a success
There is little evidence that directly-elected mayors will boost economic growth, bolster local democracy or provide authoritative leadership, according to a regional development expert.
‘Give NI councils powers to do their jobs’
Northern Irish councils should be given the ‘power and the resources to do the job’ while Stormont’s political parties continue to row, a key figure in the province has argued.
The benefits of place-based care and support
A fast-changing provider landscape is emerging in health and social care. Ewan King outlines what a place-based system should include and some of the challenges ahead.
UC rollout: pause needed
Councils have called for a ‘longer pause’ in the rollout of Universal Credit amid the emergence of problems with the fundamental design of the programme.
Don’t let the election derail public sector reforms
As another General Election looms, Heather Jameson says there are a host of domestic policy challenges which lead directly to local government’s door.
Metro mayors must deliver bold socio-economic vision
A ‘bold social and economic vision’ needs to be delivered if metro mayors are to be a success, according to a business lobby group.
Health devo put on hold but not dropped
Plans for further health devolution in London have been put back again, but not been dropped, according to sources close to the deal.
‘Tribal politics’ curb West Yorkshire devo deal
Conservative tribal politics appear to have thwarted a mayoral devolution deal for West Yorkshire.
Making cities fit for the future
As residents prepare to elect mayors across the country, Amanda Clack urges cities to embrace smart infrastructure.
Brexit: The next chapter for local government
The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU
Bold new mayors will have the power to make a stand
Paul Wheeler says elected mayors in the US are standing firm against the president's policies. Will new mayors in the UK show a similar defiance?
Lloyd: Councils continuing to pull it off with great aplomb
Councils are continuing to thrive despite unprecedented cuts over the last 10 years,’ the chief executive of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Local government 'not as sexy' as other sectors
Local government needs to brand itself better to attract staff, a director of recruitment firm Penna has told The MJ’s Future Forum.
PAC chair: Brexit to lead to rushed and bad decisions
The chair of the powerful Public Accounts Committee has predicted Brexit will lead to ‘rushed and bad decisions’ by Whitehall.
Local government must not be ignored during Brexit talks
Michael Burton says local government has a direct stake in Brexit negotiations. The sector must be taken into account.
Mayors must deliver on inclusive growth
The upcoming mayoral elections present a prime opportunity to break away from conventional growth strategies. Ben Lucas explains.
Small steps to fairer opportunities
Devolution of the work and health programme to London is helping the capital’s boroughs on their journey towards achieving inclusive growth. Peter John explains.