Levelling up

  • Letting go of London

    21 May 2024

    Nick Bowes looks at what the next Government’s agenda should be for London and at how the city should respond to any shifting political landscape – and he believes fiscal devolution will be key.


  • Truths and consequences behind LURA

    21 May 2024

    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Act finally made it into the statute book, but a raft of big ticket items have yet to be implemented. Will it survive a Starmer Government? Martin Ford reports.


  • Tackling ‘tumbleweed’ towns

    21 May 2024

    Baroness Sharon Taylor looks at how to negotiate the barriers facing councils aiming to revitalise their high streets.


  • Government advisers warn graduate visa curbs could undermine levelling up

    14 May 2024

    Curbs on visas for graduates could undermine levelling-up, the Government has been warned by its own advisers.


  • Farewell levelling up – we barely knew you

    13 May 2024

    Future attempts to address spatial inequality must have serious financial backing to avoid groundhog day and this requires honesty over future tax and spend, writes Ben Franklin.


  • Cuts linked to widening health inequalities

    03 May 2024

    Widening health inequalities across England are directly associated with cuts to councils’ spending power, according to research.


  • Are the grown-ups in the room?

    01 May 2024

    Labour’s alternative to levelling up could mark a step change to a more mature relationship between the centre and our regions, say Annabel Smith and Ben Franklin.


  • The Trump effect

    30 April 2024

    Sector insiders talk to Heather Jameson about the possible impact this side of the pond of a second victory for Donald Trump, including less cash for public services and a push to boost local economies.


  • Delicate decisions

    23 April 2024

    Three myths are holding back Labour’s growth plans, but there are ways to increase investment without wrecking the balance sheet, says Cllr Graham Chapman.


  • Devolution needs to be more ‘Kevin Keegan’

    22 April 2024

    If the UK wants to emerge from its ‘odd decade’ into a better place, it must use devolution to boost the economic potential of its regions, says Henry Kippin.


  • 41st time lucky?

    22 April 2024

    After four decades of different initiatives which have failed to boost growth, Professor Martin Jones considers what needs to change to bring success.


  • There’s real value in our arts

    22 April 2024

    Council support for arts and culture is at serious risk amid the latest funding crisis. But we must find a way to sustain the arts as a remedy to our deepest challenges, says Alison Mckenzie-Folan.


  • Dashboard compares healthy life expectancy across councils

    10 April 2024

    A data tool to compare healthy life expectancy across all councils in England has been launched by The Health Foundation.


  • Agency will need to work with councils

    10 April 2024

    Homes England chief executive Peter Denton has vowed to refocus efforts on delivering new housing in a market that desperately needs it, says Heather Jameson.


  • Growth key to devolution ambitions

    26 March 2024

    Nathan Yeowell told The MJ’s Future Forum that aligning devolution with the aims of fostering economic growth would be key should Labour assume power following the General Election.


  • Growing pains

    20 March 2024

    With local growth high on the political agenda, Ben Franklin sets out his recipe for success.


  • Levelling up project delays ‘astonishing’

    14 March 2024

    Parliament’s spending watchdog has found ‘astonishing’ funding delays and blind optimism have blunted the impact of levelling up projects.


  • Has the levelling up agenda died or is it only resting?

    13 March 2024

    Levelling-up's recent political incarnation was designed to appeal to voters with a four-year attention span, says Heather Jameson. 'It was only a matter of time before the public noticed there was little life in the bird.'


  • Experts in fresh push for fiscal devolution

    08 March 2024

    An independent group of experts is preparing to pile pressure on ministers to back fiscal devolution, The MJ understands.


  • Recruitment conundrums and economic development

    06 March 2024

    A key challenge for councils building economic development teams is understanding where to prioritise the service skills, while many candidates are opting for the contractor market, says Penna.