Levelling Up Fund to feature rapid bid process
The £4bn cross-departmental Levelling Up Fund will feature a rapid bid process, with all projects having to be completed before the next General Election, The MJ understands.
Levelling up begins with housing
Cities like Manchester need more say in shaping housing policy, with proper powers and resources to tackle the homes crisis, says Jonathan Webb.
The restructure we require is not to be found in our town halls
The devolution White Paper will reveal Boris Johnson's 'northern growth body'. But this will have a fatal flaw as its creator is Whitehall, writes Sarah Longlands.
Councils urged to take on data firms
Councils should acquire and make use of digital data for the benefit of communities and challenge the dominance of big tech companies, a new report has argued.
Plan, plan and plan again!
Sarah Longlands argues that 'if we really want to build back better, creating decent homes and communities in which to live, then good strategic planning is part of the solution, rather than a scapegoat for politicians'.
Councils can lead post COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery
Inclusive growth is now ‘out of grasp for the foreseeable future’, but building more inclusive economies is not, according to research published today.
Building economies that work for people
IPPR North has been working with the Local Government Association to set out how local government can build inclusive economies. Marcus Johns says bold policy to deliver on this ‘is the only sustainable way forward’.
Inclusive growth is key to local wealth
Sir Richard Leese outlines the three ways councils can leverage their influence to bring about inclusive economic growth. But they ‘cannot shoulder this burden alone’, he adds.
Think tank calls for £100bn investment in the North's nature
The Government has been urged by a think tank to invest up to £100bn over the next 25 years to create a plan for nature in the North of England.
IPPR calls for pay parity for care workers
Healthcare could face a staffing crisis after it was revealed on in five healthcare professionals are more likely to leave following the pandemic.
Now is not the time for Westminster to tighten its centralising grip
Reducing the spread of the virus requires Westminster to loosen the reins of power and to trust decision-makers in local and combined authorities to know what is right for their communities, argues Sarah Longlands.
Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund
The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.
Devolution is still driven by a 'divide and rule' ethos
The North needs to be empowered and fairly funded, so it can take control of its own future and prosper. This isn’t radical, it’s essential – for the North and for the country, says Arianna Giovannini.
Brown calls for 'constitutional revolution'
Gordon Brown has called for a ‘constitutional revolution,’ with a series of citizens’ assemblies and a forum for mayors and regional leaders to shape change.
'Emphasis on devolution' promised under a Conservative government
Devolution is likely to be back on the priority agenda should the Conservatives win the next general election according to the former No 10 chief of staff to Theresa May.
A vote for change
Local government calls for ‘radical change’ and ‘genuine devolution’ increased this week as political parties prepared to unveil their General Election manifestos.
Creating a country that works for all
Arianna Giovannini of IPPR North says that whichever party emerges as the winner on 13 December should prioritise rebalancing our national economy - creating a country that works for everyone.
We need the People’s Powerhouse now more than ever
The need for the People’s Powerhouse and an alternative, optimistic vision for the North is only increasing, says Tracy Fishwick.
IPPR calls for public health funding to be linked to NHS budgets
Public health funding should be linked to increases in the NHS budget, a briefing published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) suggests.
Devolution key to tackle climate change
Devolution is crucial to unlocking the potential of local government to play its part in tackling climate change, new reports published this week have concluded.