Local economies

  • Instagram leads to investment in our cities

    02 December 2021

    Urban leaders need to better understand their online brand, as cities with fewer mentions across social media and online news tend to attract less investment, says Cllr John Merry.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Districts in county deals warning

    30 November 2021

    District council leaders have warned county deals will fail unless local government secretary Michael Gove gives them an equal role in devolution.


  • The future of Local Enterprise Partnerships

    30 November 2021

    The Government’s 'collective amnesia' on past successes and failures must not harm desired economic development outcomes, says executive director of the Institute of Economic Development Nigel Wilcock.


  • Osborne urges ministers to 'double' devolution efforts

    30 November 2021

    Former chancellor George Osborne has urged ministers to ‘double’ efforts to drive forward devolution and local taxation.


  • Why stewardship and regeneration go hand-in-hand

    24 November 2021

    Why has Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council become one of the first local authorities to adopt the stewardship model for its own new place-making company? Cllr Philip Broadhead explains.


  • Time to turn down levelling up?

    24 November 2021

    The Government’s decisions to scrap the Leeds leg of HS2 and amend the social care cap have both been accused of contradicting the spirit of levelling up. Michael Burton wonders whether the phrase is becoming an albatross for ministers.


  • CBI calls for role in levelling up

    22 November 2021

    Regional strategies should be formulated with the private sector having a role to play, said director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Tony Danker.


  • Rising to the biodiversity challenge

    17 November 2021

    James Cross explains what biodiversity net gain, now mandated in the Government’s Environment Bill, means for local planning authorities.


  • City leader says 'political bias in funding must end'

    12 November 2021

    A city council leader has hit out at ‘political bias’ in funding and said local areas should not have to ‘pit ourselves against neighbouring authorities’ for cash, as ministers gathered to discuss levelling up.


  • Levelling up  - slogan or strategy?

    12 November 2021

    If an area is deprived and needs investment it shouldn’t have to pit itself against neighbouring authorities for funding, says Cllr George Duggins.


  • Chancellor’s ‘age of optimism’ doesn’t ring true for council finances

    09 November 2021

    The Spending Review did not bring funding back to anything like 2010 levels and London boroughs are left facing £400m losses over the next two years, says Cllr Darren Rodwell.


  • Leaders lay out plans for just transition

    08 November 2021

    Council and combined authority leaders have detailed plans for a ‘just transition’ to net-zero as new research revealed nine million people could be hit economically.


  • COP26: It's time to redesign housing from the bottom up too

    02 November 2021

    If we are to prioritise tackling climate change, housing refurbishment - which eliminates the carbon-heavy phase - must be a part of the solution, says Matthew Nimmo.


  • 'Salford is the world’s best levelling up opportunity’

    26 October 2021

    Tom Stannard talks to Heather Jameson about why connecting communities and levelling up can’t be done just by the council and must involve Government investment in public services.


  • Birmingham’s road to a bright future

    26 October 2021

    There are two pillars to Birmingham’s levelling up plans: investment in infrastructure, public transport, housing and skills, and investment in communities. Heather Jameson talks to leader Cllr Ian Ward and interim chief executive Deborah Cadman.


  • A rare moment for change

    25 October 2021

    The Centre for Progressive Policy’s annual Inclusive Growth Conference emphasised the role of place in creating a greener, fairer economy, with localism identified as the biggest lever for system change. Thomas Hauschildt and Ross Mudie report.


  • It is the right time to invest in all of our futures

    24 October 2021

    As we head towards COP26, Paul O’Brien says we should not settle for anything less than a key role for councils in the delivery of the plan for net-zero or the consequences could be catastrophic.


  • Lagging behind the retrofit challenge

    21 October 2021

    We risk deepening a divide between rich and poor and different parts of the compass unless we localise national retrofitting strategies, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Devolve powers to level up

    20 October 2021

    The panel brought together by the Centre for Progressive Policy think-tank agreed local government needed more powers to make the agenda a success.


  • Counting the benefits of good partnership

    20 October 2021

    The South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership was formally signed off this summer. It will build on South Holland DC’s own experience of partnership working, and build something even bigger, says Rob Barlow.