Government waters down devoluton framework plans
Hopes are fading that the Government’s devolution framework will jump-start the agenda when it is finally published.
Northern Irish councils' devolution call
The time is now right to extend the responsibilities of local government in Northern Ireland through greater devolution from Stormont, a new report said today.
EXCLUSIVE: Doubts raised over local industrial strategies rollout
Concerns have been raised over the future of local industrial strategies, amid fears Whitehall will fail to push the policy further than just a few urban areas.
Mayors renew skills call
England’s directly-elected regional mayors today renewed their call on the Government for greater devolution of powers and funding over skills.
Northern council chiefs call for devolution of powers to solve ‘railway fiasco’
A coalition of northern local government leaders has called for full powers governing the management of all rail infrastructure to be handed to the region.
Painting with a new brush
Heather Jameson talks to newly-announced London Councils chair Cllr Peter John about the association’s plans for the future after a significant shake-up of personnel and the need to establish a unified set of priorities for the benefit of all London local authorities.
Scrap all districts says Heseltine
District councils should be scrapped and 60 unitary counties created instead across England led by directly-elected mayors according to former Cabinet minister Lord Heseltine
Lancashire devolution plan revived
Lancashire's council leaders are looking to revive talks with the Government over a devolution deal more than six months after combined authority negotiations broke down.
Beyond metro mayors: why devolution of issues matters more
A recent British Academy round table focused on devolution and how it is working in practice. Alun Evans and Martin Rogers argue that structures and frameworks, mayors and politics, matter less than the people within them working together.
Sector piles pressure on Government over EU funding
Pressure is mounting for an overhaul of how EU funding is distributed when it is replaced post-Brexit.
BREAKING: 'Inspirational' leader steps down after 27 years
Wigan MBC’s ‘inspirational’ Lord Peter Smith has announced he is stepping down after 27 years as leader.
Future Forum: LGA to push for place-based EU funding replacement
The Local Government Association (LGA) will push for a place-based replacement for EU funding after Brexit, Smith Square’s chief executive has said.
Corbyn backs One Yorkshire devolution
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has thrown his weight behind a devolution deal covering the whole of Yorkshire.
Minister ducks new formula guarantee
A minister has refused to guarantee no council will receive less money under the new funding formula as local authority finance dominated prime minister’s questions (PMQ).
Devolution warning for boroughs
London boroughs have been warned they have a ‘relatively brief window of opportunity’ to influence health and social care devolution to the capital.
Kier predicts steady stream of business from councils
Kier has predicted a steady stream of business from local authorities as devolution gains pace and more councils work together on major projects.
Local government to be formally consulted after Brexit
Ministers this week assured local government the sector will be consulted on important issues after Brexit.
Javid orders review after second finance mistake
The Government has ordered a review after being forced to admit a second mistake in as many months in the way it calculates council payments.
Devolution is the answer to Brexit, mayors say
Devolving more powers to local government is the only way to manage the fallout of Brexit on the UK, the mayors of Greater Manchester and Tees Valley have said.
Cities need to up their game to make devolution a success
Devolution is not just about gaining new powers, it is about using the powers you already have. Andrew Carter believes cities are not as doing as much as they can.