May must fan the embers at the Conservative conference
In advance of this year’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Liam Booth-Smith asks if an embattled Theresa May is capable of using her platform address to reignite her premiership by tackling the burning injustices of housing and social care.
SMEs in a quandary over their funding rights
Small businesses are confused and often unaware of the funding available to them, an independent commission launched by a London council has found.
What happened to county devolution?
Cllr Paul Carter says the Government needs to devolve to two-tier areas as well as just cities.
Why we must reform public sector procurement
There is a growing clamour for post-Brexit public procurement reform, writes Mark Robinson.
An opportunity to act
By Jim Saunders, Group Director of Business Development of the Pinnacle Group
Act as a united sector on commercialisation - or face regulations
If local authorities act with individual self-interest in the pursuit of commercial ventures, they could ruin it for the whole sector, warns Abdool Kara.
Core Cities’ bold move amid a Brexit-focused tide
We are living with a one-policy government with complete inertia when it comes to anything outside Brexit, writes Heather Jameson as Core Cities are forced to bypass ministers to meet with EU negotiator Michael Barnier.
Devo could boost the economy by £90bn, say Core Cities
Devolving more power to our cities could boost the country’s economy by up to £90bn a year, the Core Cities have suggested.
From wasteland to playground – it’s the rebirth of Lee Valley
Fifty years since the creation of the Lee Valley Regional Park and the authority that is responsible for it, Shaun Dawson explains how partnership working with local authorities has been crucial for the park’s development.
Navigating the skills and local economic growth quandary
The recent launch of the SOLACE paper, Skills and Local Economic Growth, had one clear message: only by maximising skills outcomes can we successfully grow local economies, writes Martin Swales.
‘Look to regional places to strengthen local economies’
Regional cities must take the lead in rebalancing the London-centric investment market, a think-tank has said.
Edinburgh gets £1.1bn City Deal
A £1.1bn City Deal for Edinburgh and south-east Scotland was signed yesterday.
Districts are ready and able to deliver the Industrial Strategy
District councils have an unrivalled understanding of what is required to shape local industrial strategies and deliver local economic growth across England, says Mark Pawsey MP.
Striking the right balance
Improving a work-life balance is not only better for the general health of your employees but it benefits the business too, writes Simon Lee.
Better lives, bigger economies
New District Councils' Network chairman John Fuller outlines his priorities for the coming year.
Part and parcel of politics
Haringey LBC has just signed a new joint venture to push much-needed development in the borough amid public protests and opposition from local MPs. Cllr Claire Kober tells Heather Jameson why
Partnerships to power local economies
Nigel Hudson and Gary Woodman explain how collaborative co-operation is ensuring Worcestershire has the fastest-growing productivity in the country
A chance for us to rebuild
The region’s cities look to be at the forefront of Northern Ireland’s future following the recent DUP/Tory agreement, as Mark Morrin explains.
Leese: Skills system is a mess
The leader of Manchester City Council has described the current skills system as a ‘mess’ as he laid out a vision for the future.
Sharing innovation will see us through the next wave of transformation
The sector must ensure that it creates and maintains platforms for sharing going forward, otherwise transformation will cost more and be less certain, writes Andrew Larner.