Economic recovery and reform: the role of community power
The resurgence of community action has been impressive and needs to be seen as a ‘power source’ to build back a better economy, say Tom Lloyd Goodwin and Neil McInroy.
Level up, bounce back - wise up
Our recovery will be even slower, more difficult and unequal if it depends on waiting for Whitehall to formulate a plan from the centre, argues director of IPPR North Sarah Longlands.
Districts are agile, responsive and efficient in the face of adversity
District councils have been working hard, along with public sector colleagues, to ensure the national response to the current emergency is having the desired effect of saving lives and protecting our communities, says Lawrence Conway.
Where are the riskiest places for COVID-19?
During April, the Centre for Progessive Policy’s COVID-19 Health Index examined the systemic vulnerability of local areas alongside the reality of rising case numbers. Ben Franklin highlights the 15 riskiest areas.
Let’s make the argument now for the world we want to live in
Will the impact of coronavirus mean more state investment or 10 more years of austerity to pay for the Government’s interventions, asks Dr Jonathan Carr-West.
CV19 – DEVO3.0
Steve Barwick outlines three reasons why COVID-19 is creating the shift in public opinion and institutional reality that makes the next chapter of ‘better wider, deeper’ devolution more likely.
Levelling up and the Budget
Lord Bob Kerslake argues that a coherent plan is needed to ensure the Budget’s new capital spending and R&D cash geared at areas outside London and the South East has maximum impact.
Balancing budgets and Beatles
It has been a tumultuous few years for Liverpool City Council. Chief executive Tony Reeves and the new management team are focused on inclusive growth in a city that is rich with culture. Heather Jameson reports.
Budget 2020: Putting the numbers in perspective
By recent standards the Chancellor’s Budget jokes were pretty good, says Charlotte Alldritt of the Centre for Progressive Policy. But it is time to get serious, if the government is going to deliver on its levelling up agenda.
Ministers need to define what they mean by ‘levelling up’
What precisely do ministers mean when they use the phrase 'levelling' up, asks Michael Burton. 'Wealthy areas also contain poor neighbourhoods and vice versa.'
Go big or go home
Chair of the UK2070 Commission into spatial inequalities Lord Bob Kerslake says everyone will lose if we fail to tackle the widening productivity and wealth gap.
Reports highlight core cities' low productivity and increasing regional inequalities
Productivity in the UK’s core cites is low by national and international standards and regional inequalities are continuing to increase, two new reports have revealed.
OECD report on Core Cities is key to 'levelling up' the UK
Productivity in the UK’s Core Cities is low by national and international standards and they have the potential for much stronger and more inclusive growth, according to a new report from the OECD.
Important choices lie ahead
Mike Emmerich says the building of a more spatially balanced and inclusive form of growth is a task that has not been fully embraced by Westminster and Whitehall – ‘and that has got to, and looks set to, change’.
A DIY guide to local inclusive growth
A new report presents a practical framework for cultivating local inclusive growth – featuring a host of case studies. But does it say enough about how the decisions that drive growth are made? Ann McGauran reports.
Areas thought of as affluent also harbour inequality
Many places traditionally thought of as affluent feature highly on lists of the 20 most unequal areas in England, new approaches to measuring inequality have shown.
From Hart to Hartlepool: A new Atlas of Inequality
The ‘levelling up’ catchphrase is throwing the spotlight on ‘left behind’ places. Alasdair Rae says the new Atlas of Inequality shows the majority of those we might consider to be ‘poor’ are living outside the most deprived neighbourhoods.
Report identifies 16 policy levers for promoting inclusive growth
Inclusive growth requires a ‘sustained campaign for change across multiple fronts,’ according to a new report that identifies 16 policy levers councils can pull.
Levelling up needs to get real - but so does our response to it
We need ‘deep reform and reorder rather than the rhetoric of levelling up from Westminster’, argues chief executive of CLES Neil McInroy.
Rooted in the real world
Director of the New Local Government Network, Adam Lent, talks to Ann McGauran about the impact made by the think-tank during his three years of leadership and the next steps for empowering communities.