Economic growth

  • EXCLUSIVE: Doubts raised over local industrial strategies rollout

    20 June 2018

    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.


  • Social care green paper delayed - again

    18 June 2018

    The long-awaited social care green paper has been further delayed until the autumn after repeated Whitehall insistencies it was on track.


  • Painting with a new brush

    05 June 2018

    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.


  • Councils to oversee 'new town' corps

    04 June 2018

    Councils will be able to seek government approval to set up New Town Development Corporations (NTDCs) under plans announced by housing minister Dominic Raab.


  • WMCA links 'cranes to communities' with new growth unit

    25 May 2018

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has created a new inclusive growth unit in a bid to boost opportunities for residents.


  • Sector piles pressure on Government over EU funding

    22 May 2018

    Pressure is mounting for an overhaul of how EU funding is distributed when it is replaced post-Brexit.


  • Working to get our people up and running

    16 May 2018

    Paul Najsarek outlines the ambitions of the West London Alliance work and health programme – a social and economic partnership involving Ealing LBC designed to support the community financially, in work and in health.


  • Sector backs MPs' business rates call

    24 April 2018

    Local government bodies have thrown their support behind a call by MPs for retained business rates to be treated as extra income.


  • We need a new procurement debate

    17 April 2018

    The fall of Carillion earlier this year has been dissected at length. Jane Eckford argues it is time for a new debate on how the public sector works with the private sector.


  • Tough decisions needed to protect commercial heart of cities

    11 April 2018

    As urban centres change transform, the priority should be on protecting and expanding the commercial space in city centres, rather than encouraging more residential development, argues Andrew Carter.


  • Big data for health and social care planning?

    11 April 2018

    In this, the first article in a series for The MJ, Andy Begley looks at how data might be used in future to better serve the health and care needs of communities.


  • Winning the UK regeneration game

    04 April 2018

    There has been a resurgence of urban regeneration in the UK, in part thanks to unique partnerships between the councils and private sector developers. Sam Clayden reports on a Morgan Sindall sponsored panel event, chaired by The MJ, at this year’s MIPIM conference


  • Metro mayors fly the flag for the regions

    28 March 2018

    The UK’s thriving regional economies and their new metro mayors dominated talk at this year’s MIPIM event. Michael Burton reports.


  • Build industrial strategies to beat Brexit, says Localis

    26 March 2018

    The government needs to put more effort into agreeing local industrial strategies across the country, the latest report from think tank Localis has claimed.


  • Building productivity in a place

    26 March 2018

    As we prepare for Brexit, local government’s role in boosting growth will become even more crucial. Heather Jameson looks at the latest report from think tank Localis on delivering the industrial strategy.


  • The spirit of possibility: place shaping in Wolverhampton

    19 March 2018

    As the City of Wolverhampton develops a new city brand, Tim Johnson discusses the importance of place marketing.


  • Luton is ready for take-off

    12 March 2018

    With London bursting at the seams towns around the capital are becoming the focus of major regeneration and housing development. Michael Burton looks at Luton, just 22 minutes from London and yet still affordable for young homebuyers.


  • Residents feel they can influence councils more than Westminster

    06 March 2018

    UK residents feel they have more influence over local government than Westminster as Brexit nears, according to a new study.


  • Council chiefs 'pessimistic' about Brexit

    06 March 2018

    More than six out of 10 council chief executives and leaders believe Brexit will be damaging to their local economy, a new survey has found.


  • Andy Street: Championing the West Midlands

    05 March 2018

    Mayor Andy Street believes the West Midlands is experiencing an economic revival, but if all communities are going to share in that success, he needs more support from the Government. Sam Clayden reports.