The mayoral question
With just a week to go until residents in six regions take to the polls, Professor Andy Pike looks at the international evidence and warns the case for metro mayors risks becoming an article of faith rather than of fact.
Do not underplay the role of districts in driving economic growth
The green paper underplays the role districts and clusters can play as economic enablers, argues Lawrence Conway.
‘Give NI councils powers to do their jobs’
Northern Irish councils should be given the ‘power and the resources to do the job’ while Stormont’s political parties continue to row, a key figure in the province has argued.
The PUSH for more successful economies
Simon Eden and Charles Freeman look at what the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) achieved, and explore the benefits of cross-sector networks and partnerships.
A venture for change
Slough Urban Renewal, a 50:50 joint venture between Slough BC and Morgan Sindall, is focusing on delivering regeneration for the borough by transforming the physical environment and making a positive impact on people’s lives. Andy Howell explains.
Messages from the private sector
Malcolm Morley interviews leading business figures and produces some key lessons for commercial councils.
Something to build on
Key figures talk to Heather Jameson about the impact the Industrial Strategy will have on national growth, with local government poised to take centre stage.
Map the Industrial Strategy around functional economic areas
The new Industrial Strategy should be rooted in the principles of people and place and mapped around functional economic areas, housing marketing areas and travel to work areas, argues Sandra Dinneen.
The Government must give major projects the green light
Local government must be among those pushing the Government to ensure nationally significant.
Joint Whitehall approach ‘key to making Industrial Strategy work’
The Industrial Strategy will need co-ordination across Whitehall departments and between central and local government to make it work, sector experts have warned.
Districts do far more than just collect council tax
Ian Miller rejects recent comments about the role of districts and highlights the important duties they carry out.
Ministers must work with the grain of the national economy
The industrial strategy must recognise the role UK cities play in driving growth in the national economy, writes Andrew Carter.
Making the most of the public estate
Since the One Public Estate started in 2013, local government has reaped the benefits, writes Brian Reynolds.
Brexit: The next chapter for local government
The prime minister triggered Article 50 last week, firing the UK into one of the most crucial periods of its modern history. Mark Conrad investigates the risks and opportunities for local government as the country negotiates its exit from the EU
Riding the local government rollercoaster
The last few months have seen ups and downs in Tandridge DC, writes Louise Round.
A commercial success
Leeds City Council and Sevenoaks DC shared the Commercialism in the Property Estate prize in The MJ’s Local Government Achievement Awards 2016.
Marchant to leave Worcestershire for UCAS after seven years
Worcestershire CC chief executive Clare Marchant has announced her departure after seven years.
Local government must not be ignored during Brexit talks
Michael Burton says local government has a direct stake in Brexit negotiations. The sector must be taken into account.
Mayors must deliver on inclusive growth
The upcoming mayoral elections present a prime opportunity to break away from conventional growth strategies. Ben Lucas explains.
Small steps to fairer opportunities
Devolution of the work and health programme to London is helping the capital’s boroughs on their journey towards achieving inclusive growth. Peter John explains.