• Next government ‘should bring big cities up to par with G7 peers’

    12 June 2024

    The incoming government should put big cities outside London at the heart of a national mission to make the UK richer than Germany, a report today from the Centre for Cities think-tank has said.

  • A letter to the new PM

    11 June 2024

    Steve Leach and Colin Copus write to the next Prime Minister with ideas for strengthening local government, including offering councils complete freedom to agree council tax levels.

  • What next?

    11 June 2024

    Overall there is plenty of sense in what Labour has promised – as ever the challenge will be execution, writes Ben Page.

  • The new Government has the chance to reboot the long-outdated council finance system

    04 June 2024

    Without more support we can expect another 20 councils to be added to the list of those receiving 'exceptional financial support' over the next year, so it will be a priority for any new Government to get funding into councils, Says Graeme McDonald.

  • Devolution needs to deliver for learners

    04 June 2024

    Graeme Atherton says further devolution of funding for skills provision has to be a core goal, but effective co-ordination of the multiple organisations involved in delivery is also vital.

  • Fortifying local democracy

    03 June 2024

    A new report points towards a failure from the perspective of councillors of devolution and localism deals and concern over a sidelining of members, says Mo Baines.

  • Don't neglect England's metro mayors

    28 May 2024

    Andrew Carter warns conflicting priorities could trump political affiliations for Labour's metro mayors and Westminster, should Starmer win the General Election.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Treasury civil servants considering how income tax devolution could work

    21 May 2024

    Treasury officials are considering how the idea of devolving powers to local government to retain a share of income tax revenue could work, The MJ understands.

  • Letting go of London

    21 May 2024

    Nick Bowes looks at what the next Government’s agenda should be for London and at how the city should respond to any shifting political landscape – and he believes fiscal devolution will be key.

  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.

  • MJ Regen: The sum of all parts

    14 May 2024

    Combined authorities have the tools to drive regeneration but the private sector must work in partnership to deliver, says Phil Mayall.

  • Genuine devolving RTB powers would signal some real devolution

    13 May 2024

    Mo Baines says it is worth exploring how councils could be trusted with moratorium powers on RTB, including allowing them the ability to switch RTB on or off based on local need.

  • Mayors meet to hear growth plans

    13 May 2024

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has summoned his party’s newly-elected mayors for a meeting to detail his plans for economic growth.

  • National Insurance devolution call

    10 May 2024

    A ‘small share’ of around 5% of locally-generated National Insurance (NI) revenue should be devolved as part of tax-sharing pilots with leading combined authorities, the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank has argued in a report.

  • Fresh Right to Buy devolution call

    10 May 2024

    Calls to devolve England’s Right to Buy policy are gathering momentum, with a centre-left think-tank now urging ministers to hand powers to councils.

  • Are the grown-ups in the room?

    01 May 2024

    Labour’s alternative to levelling up could mark a step change to a more mature relationship between the centre and our regions, say Annabel Smith and Ben Franklin.

  • What next for unitarisation?

    30 April 2024

    Ahead of the Mayoral elections, Steve Leach and Colin Copus ask if the proliferation of combined authorities has snookered the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ unitary authorities policy.

  • Devon councillors back devolution bid

    30 April 2024

    Devon County Council members have voted in favour of going ahead with plans that could see more power transferred from Whitehall to Devon and Torbay.

  • Driving positive outcomes must be top of metro mayors' agenda

    26 April 2024

    Improving outcomes for communities is at the heart of successful devolution and metro mayors must put in place a plan to achieve this from day one, says Kerry Scott.

  • What will the next steps be for the mayoral model?

    22 April 2024

    While the offers to communities from mayors are maturing, there remain big questions to be answered by whichever party forms the next Government, says Zoë Billingham.