• Recovery plans key to levelling up

    26 November 2020

    Government ambitions for levelling up depend on councils being given funds to fulfil local recovery plans, the All Party Parliamentary Group on devolution has been told.

  • Warm words mean nothing when frontline staff are snubbed

    25 November 2020

    Heather Jameson says: 'The Prime Minister’s speech to Scottish Conservatives at the weekend, reiterating his commitment to devolution.... all bodes well for local government. Or does it?'

  • Devo is a 'stepping stone to localism', PM tells Scots Tories

    23 November 2020

    Devolution should be a stepping stone to passing power down to local communities and businesses, Boris Johnson has told Scottish Conservatives.

  • Sunak to re-write Green Book to level up the North

    23 November 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to announce plans to re-write the Green Book in the spending review this week, as part of the Government’s commitment to levelling up.

  • LGA presses to move powers out of London

    19 November 2020

    Moving powers from the capital to the regions is more important than moving civil servants, the chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.

  • An opportunity to rewrite local-central relations

    17 November 2020

    Now it is time to click refresh on the Johnson Government. But what of local government and the Blue Wall, asks Heather Jameson. 'Where does that leave the PM’s promises of levelling up and devolving down?'

  • Creating Powerful Communities

    17 November 2020

    The Recovery and Devolution White Paper must seize on the promise of double devolution to build economic and social renewal from the bottom up, says chief executive of Localis Jonathan Werran.

  • Jenrick defends PM amid devo 'disaster' claim

    17 November 2020

    Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has defended the Prime Minister’s claim that devolution in Scotland has been a ‘disaster’.

  • The power of local knowledge

    10 November 2020

    A report show the impressive record of collaboration between Leeds City Council and the University of Leeds and untapped potential for research partnerships, says Neil Evans.

  • Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’

    09 November 2020

    The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.

  • Move to a true local state

    28 October 2020

    We have now reached a turning point 'where devolution to a true local state would not only achieve improved public service outcomes but could genuinely save lives', says Rob Whiteman.

  • Northern Powerhouse must be for real

    28 October 2020

    If the North is to ‘own’ the Northern Powerhouse a new partnership with Government is needed, as called for by the Convention of the North, write Ben Lucas and Mike Emmerich.

  • Is the love affair with mayors over?

    28 October 2020

    After last week’s rows between Number 10 and city region mayors over lockdown funding Michael Burton looks at governments’ love affairs with the concept of directly-elected mayors and questions whether the romance might be over.

  • Building for the future

    26 October 2020

    Ben Houchen says that with the former SSI steelworks site in Redcar now the UK’s largest industrial zone, something monumental is now underway – ‘and we can continue to help recover the wider Tees Valley’.

  • Don't defund, side-line or worse still abolish metro-mayors

    26 October 2020

    While it may not realise it now, the Government needs powerful and prominent metro mayors if it is to have any hope of delivering its levelling up agenda, says Andrew Carter.

  • The Government’s actions ‘don’t match the words’

    26 October 2020

    Rather than recognising the role of council workers during COVID-19, the Government has prioritised hitting their terms and conditions, says Christina McAnea of Unison.

  • South east urged to find its voice

    26 October 2020

    Councils in the south east of England have been urged to find a consensus on reorganisation by a local government expert.

  • Burnham calls for national-local reset

    22 October 2020

    Greater Manchester’s Labour mayor Andy Burnham has called for a ‘reset’ between national and local government after going to war with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

  • This is not devolution – this is not even centralism

    21 October 2020

    ‘Once the poster-child for devolution, Manchester is now being treated as the bad boy of politics – on the naughty step for daring to ask for a good deal for its residents’, says Heather Jameson.

  • The politics of the ‘Red Wall’ is coming home to roost

    21 October 2020

    There is nothing local or ‘place-sensitive’ in measures packaged in Whitehall and forced on to communities in the North, argues Arianna Giovannini.