• Avoiding the edge

    28 June 2022

    As the sector gathers this week for the LGA conference, Dr Jonathan Carr-West says it’s time to speak with a united voice on devolution and levelling up, and to focus on generating value and how we manage financial risk.

  • Thick document; thin vision

    25 May 2022

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West says it’s not that the measures in the Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill are bad in and of themselves, but it feels like a missed opportunity to ask bigger questions about the function and form of local government.

  • Shifting local elections to the spotlight

    09 May 2022

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West says local elections represent a chance for people to express their views about national politics, but they deserve more than being treated solely as a backdrop to the Westminster soap opera.

  • No major gains expected as local elections loom

    27 April 2022

    Labour and the Conservatives are unlikely to make any huge wins at next week’s local elections, insiders have suggested.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Barriers hold back councils from playing a strategic health leadership role

    26 April 2022

    A host of barriers are hampering local government's ability to play a strategic leadership and coordination role within local health systems to improve outcomes, a new report has revealed.

  • The great rebuild

    20 April 2022

    With local elections just around the corner, Jonathan Carr-West fears we are in a dangerous moment for democratic engagement and the process of rebuilding trust must start locally.

  • Government is failing to set out councils' role in delivering net zero, say MPs

    02 March 2022

    MPs have hit out at the Government’s ‘apparent lack of urgency’ in clarifying how it will work with local government to achieve net zero.

  • A whole lot of papers

    13 December 2021

    December has been a tale of two White Papers. The one that is and the one that is yet to be, writes Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • Halting a rise in hatred

    01 December 2021

    What can be done to deter incidents of abuse and harassment of local politicians, and to sanction those responsible? Ann McGauran reports.

  • Making the right connections

    09 November 2021

    COP26 has raised awareness of the actions climate change requires. Dr Jonathan Carr-West argues that councils are ideally placed to act as a connection between individuals and the state to make transitions accessible to communities.

  • Gove in major review of new department

    25 October 2021

    A wide-scale review of every single programme is underway at the new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), The MJ understands.

  • Sector ‘right to be concerned’ about levelling up

    21 October 2021

    Local government should be wary of the contents of the levelling up White Paper, a think-tank has warned.

  • Let’s ground levelling up

    05 October 2021

    The LGiU has set out the six core principles that must inform the approach to levelling up from now on. Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.

  • Councils must be at heart of levelling up, report argues

    04 October 2021

    Councils must be at the heart of the Government’s levelling up agenda, a new report has argued today.

  • It’s not all about the money

    26 July 2021

    It is dangerous if we let the discussion about the reform of social care become exclusively about funding, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • Section 114 chief: We will not be the last

    06 July 2021

    Slough Council’s chief executive this week urged other sector bosses to ‘trust your intuition’ to avoid their local authority following in her Section 114 footsteps.

  • Getting on with it

    29 June 2021

    Sarah Longlands has returned to CLES – the Centre for Local Economic Strategies – as chief executive. She’s scathing about the Government’s approach to levelling up and believes it’s time for local places to seize control of their own destinies. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Place is the crucial lens

    23 June 2021

    Dr Jonathan Carr-West looks at how we might make levelling up and devolution work together.

  • LGiU report calls for a local government-led Building Back Better commission

    16 June 2021

    A local government-led Building Back Better commission should be part of a new place settlement after the pandemic, a new report from the LGiU think-tank has urged.

  • Government warned of 'soaring summer of homelessness'

    15 June 2021

    The Government will fail to fulfil its manifesto commitment of ending rough sleeping for good by 2024 without a cross-Whitehall strategy for reducing homelessness, it has been warned.