Economic growth

  • A winning strategy?

    22 March 2017

    The industrial strategy has dominated the agenda over the past month, but a new Localis report says it is time to move the debate forward. Sam Clayden reports.


  • Breaking the cycle and boosting communities

    22 March 2017

    Cllr Judith Blake argues for place-based budgeting to break down barriers between economic and social policy.


  • The drive for investment will boost devolution

    22 March 2017

    Fresh back from MIPIM, Michael Burton says post-Brexit the UK will have to become a nation not just of shopkeepers but of salespeople.


  • Step up or risk being stifled

    22 March 2017

    The industrial strategy should be delivered at a place-based level, Localis has claimed in its latest report. There will be no argument from local government on that score.


  • Lifting the mood of your business

    14 March 2017

    As councils increasingly pursue new business interests, it is vital to empower staff to embody the commercial mindset. Mark Fletcher-Brown explains.


  • Think globally, deliver locally

    14 March 2017

    An ideal opportunity has materialised for district councils to deliver the industrial strategy at a local level, writes Allen Graham.


  • Capital health devo deal delayed

    14 March 2017

    Plans to announce further health devolution to London this week have been pushed back by Number 10, The MJ understands.


  • The time, the place

    08 March 2017

    As the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission publicises its final report, Charlotte Alldritt explains why a new form of leadership is needed at local level.


  • Whitehall leads drive for inward investment

    08 March 2017

    The UK Government is for the first time spearheading an inward investment drive backed by leading local authorities at the world’s biggest property regeneration event.


  • Heseltine sacked over Brexit rebellion

    08 March 2017

    A former cabinet minister who penned an influential report that convinced Whitehall to drive growth in the regions has been sacked as a government adviser.


  • Councils may lose out on growth after 100% rates retention

    08 March 2017

    Councils on the cusp of redistribution thresholds after 100% business rates retention could be discouraged from chasing economic growth, a top economist has warned.


  • All roads lead to the devolution solution

    08 March 2017

    Heather Jameson examines a raft of new reports which all point towards one thing.


  • A return for Total Place?

    08 March 2017

    Leaders from all corners challenged to ‘step up to the plate’ amid launch of RSA Commission on Inclusive Growth report.


  • Call for 'radical overhaul' of public services

    07 March 2017

    The RSA Inclusive Growth Commission today called for a ‘radical overhaul’ of public services, including more powers and devolution to combined authorities.


  • Finding the best way to commercialise

    02 March 2017

    Philip Monaghan argues that income generation with a social purpose is the best way for local authorities to commercialise.


  • The rise of local authority housing companies

    28 February 2017

    Local authority housing companies are becoming big business. Simon Martin and Steve Partridge examine the different approaches councils are taking and the risks and rewards of doing so.


  • Northern lights

    28 February 2017

    Martin Swales believes the North East’s International Advanced Manufacturing Park demonstrates the strong role local government can play in driving the UK economy.


  • Building for the future

    28 February 2017

    Anna Randle discusses the findings of a new research report, Building Collaborative Places, setting out the ways public services can improve outcomes for citizens within harsh financial conditions.


  • Cornwall shock as Growth Deal only delivers £18m

    28 February 2017

    Cornwall Council has expressed its ‘shock’ after the Government allotted just £18m to the county in the latest Growth Deal announcement.


  • Developing an integrated smart cities model for public services

    23 February 2017

    John David introduces his alternative strategy for smart cities.