• English Devolution Bill calls dismissed

    03 June 2019

    The Government has dismissed calls for an English Devolution Bill in the first Queen’s Speech after the UK has left the EU.

  • £250bn and more devolution needed to tackle oncoming crisis

    28 May 2019

    The Government needs to invest £250bn and commit to devolution if it is to tackle the jobs, housing and environmental pressures on the horizon, a group chaired by local government stalwart Lord Kerslake has argued.

  • Readdressing reoffending

    28 May 2019

    Not enough is being done to prevent a system that sets people up to fail as soon as they are released from prison, says Bob Neill. It’s time for a holistic, multi-agency approach, done with local government involvement.

  • Call for councils to be at centre of new second chamber

    14 May 2019

    A former first minister (FM) has called for ‘disempowered’ local authorities to be put at the centre of a new second chamber in Scotland.

  • Cut business rates, claims Treasury's Truss

    09 May 2019

    Business rates should be cut to support the private sector, chief secretary to the Treasury, Liz Truss, told a Smith Square debate last night.

  • The true threat emerges

    08 May 2019

    In rural shire England, away from the big cities, an endangered and threatened species exists.

  • This 'false debate' could weaken growth of city regions

    30 April 2019

    The current 'false debate' stating that the sad plight of many northern towns is a direct result of the success of nearby cities could weaken the growth of vibrant city regions at a vital time, says Paul Wheeler.

  • Devo choices should be open to all

    30 April 2019

    If Scotland can choose to raise income tax and invest in public services, why can’t Manchester or the West Midlands, asks Heather Jameson - and if devolution gives choices to parts of the UK, why not all of the devolved bodies?

  • Local government must lead the way on change

    24 April 2019

    Britain post-Brexit won't be a mythical land like Game of Thrones, says Heather Jameson. But there will be much to do. Why wait for Whitehall to come up with the answers when so many solutions lie at a local level?

  • Further delay to devolution drive

    24 April 2019

    The Government’s repeatedly-delayed devolution framework will not be published until after Brexit, minister Jake Berry has admitted.

  • Row over devolution delay

    08 April 2019

    Councils and the Government are at loggerheads over who is to blame for a 17-month delay for a decision on a devolution growth deal.

  • The great Brexit divide

    28 March 2019

    A gulf between local and national government ambitions for devolution in a ‘post-Brexit world’ has been laid bare.

  • Let’s not replace Brussels with Whitehall

    26 March 2019

    As local government stays stuck in the inertia of Brexit, wouldn't it be better to imagine a devolved world, asks Heather Jameson. If the Government wants councils to rebuild places after Brexit, it will need to be swift, she adds.

  • South Yorkshire devolution deadlock broken

    25 March 2019

    The years-long devolution stalemate in south Yorkshire has finally been resolved.

  • Scotland and Wales 'ignored by Westminster'

    25 March 2019

    Scottish and Welsh ministers say they are still ignored by Westminster despite 20 years of devolution, according to a report from the Institute for Government.

  • Local income tax best bet for fiscal devo - IFS

    21 March 2019

    Local income tax would be the best option for fiscal devolution if the Government wanted to hand more powers to local authorities, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) argued today.

  • Call for place-based Spending Review

    07 March 2019

    The Treasury should develop a new national place-based Spending Review, the independent Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) charity has argued.

  • Labour hit by raft of councillor resignations

    26 February 2019

    Labour local government has been hit by a raft of resignations after seven MPs resigned from the party to form The Independent Group.

  • NLGN in fresh fiscal devolution call

    26 February 2019

    Only full fiscal devolution with comprehensive tax-raising powers at a local level will deliver the change communities crave, a report by the NLGN think-tank has urged.

  • Plugging that gap

    20 February 2019

    Dr Jack Brown asks what role local leaders can play in strengthening ties between London and the world beyond the M25.