Tapping into the cities opportunity
Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees talks to Heather Jameson about his new role as chair of Core Cities, and his vision of cities that connect to people locally, to each other and look out at the global stage.
A celebration of collaboration
Enterprise Ireland is the innovation and development agency of the Irish Government and it will be at the LGA conference supporting a number of companies. Its goal is to build successful, long-term relationships between UK local authorities and Irish partners.
Harnessing the full benefits of home upgrades
Support for home upgrades will lower emissions and protect communities from the energy crisis, and trailblazing councils are already showing the way, say Cara Jenkinson and Fiona Duggan.
Time for bold action on devo
As Whitehall pulls power into the centre, it erodes local bodies’ capacity and capability, says Adam Hawksbee. He believes the greatest promise for breaking the cycle and shifting power lies in the mayoral model.
Leveraging climate investment into our cities
Chair of Core Cities Marvin Rees says the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission has identified £200bn of investable projects in cities across the country to create new jobs and decarbonise our economies.
Jonathan Werran says we should look ahead to what the Autumn Statement will offer to incentivise the private sector to invest more, to reskill and innovate.
LGPS funds plan to increase local social investing
Nearly nine out of 10 (89%) Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds are planning to increase their allocation to local social investing in the next few years, a new survey has revealed.
Due diligence matters
Due diligence should not be viewed as a ‘tick box’ exercise, but as a crucial decision-making tool, says Brian Ng. He outlines six considerations he believes are fundamental for councils to consider before making investment or funding decisions.
The NAO will be paying close attention to the progress of levelling up
Abdool Kara says it is straightforward to direct Government capital and infrastructure cash towards the places the market is not investing in, albeit how such places are prioritised can be contested. It is a harder task for revenue spending.
Green jobs are the route to shared prosperity
Groundwork’s Growing Green Careers report sets out a number of principles designed to address both worklessness and environmental injustice, writes Graham Duxbury.
Providing the wealth for renewal
The Government will be considering Community Wealth Funds in its consultation on the future beneficiaries of dormant assets funding. Rayhan Haque explains why such a fund is part of the ‘secret sauce’ to make levelling up a success.
A crucial union of business and place
Sir Nigel Wilson says the four-year partnership between Legal & General and the UCL Institute of Health Equity - the Marmot Review for Industry - offers hope for bringing an end to the injustice of health inequality.
Shaping a city for the future
Emerging from tragic circumstances, Southend-on-Sea has achieved new city status on a platform of hard work, recovery, regeneration and investment. Andy Lewis celebrates the achievement.
10 key ingredients of a successful regeneration project
Lucy Webb looks at the aspects that make regeneration projects successful and says the common thread is ensuring local residents, businesses and stakeholders all have a voice in shaping proposals.
Future Forum North: Bid funds for levelling up 'isn't working' for coastal communities
The existing approach of bid funding for levelling up isn’t working for coastal communities, a council chief has told Future Forum North (FFN).
Future Forum North: local government still lacks a plan for delivering sustainability
Local government still lacks both a plan for delivering sustainability and a way of measuring the impact of investment, says a Northern council director.
Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran outlines a new report setting a possible future course for local government across South East England in adapting to challenges as diverse as Brexit, climate change, COVID and the Levelling Up White Paper.
London pension pool issues Russian investment edict
The pension pool tasked with managing investment funds for London’s local government schemes has instructed all managers to make no further investment in Russia.
UK Shared Prosperity Fund – what to expect next
Athina Agrafioti looks at the key objectives of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, what each lead local authority should start considering and what will happen next.
Gove urges pension funds to add to Russian pressure
Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has urged local government pension scheme (LGPS) committee chairs to consider what more they can do to exert pressure on Russia.