Jenrick launches plans to kickstart housing market
Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has restarted the housing market as part of the Government’s plans to ease lockdown.
Government should create unitary system, think-tank urges
The Government should create a unitary system of local government based on functional economic areas, a think-tank has argued.
Put localism at the heart of recovery, say city leaders
A centralised ‘command and control approach’ to easing lockdown will not work, city leaders have claimed.
'Too early to tell' if councils need more cash, says Jenrick
It is ‘too early to tell’ if councils will need more cash to tackle coronavirus, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has said.
DCN: 500,000 at risk of homelessness
Almost 500,000 households are at high risk of becoming homeless as a result of the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis, new analysis for the District Councils’ Network (DCN) has revealed.
Number 10 puts mayors at the forefront of recovery
Mayors should be at the forefront of recovery from the pandemic, Number 10 has said.
Council approves UK's first community municipal investment
West Berkshire Council voted last night to approve the UK’s first community municipal investment (CMI).
Build back better, says Burnham
Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, has warned the Government not to take the same centralised approach to recovery as it has to the coronavirus crisis.
The Build Back Better campaign aims to shape COVID-19 recovery policy
Three core pillars must underpin the nationwide Build Back Better campaign - and they are critical to achieving a ‘Great Recovery’, says Steve Barwick.
Getting back to recovery
Stewart Murray argues councils need to be much more interventionalist if they are to help their local economies recover from the COVID-19 crisis, and he is calling on the Government to provide a national ‘kick-start’ fund. Ann McGauran reports.
Recovery from the pandemic is a fork in the road
Associate director of CLES Frances Jones says the economic recovery effort must bring about a reformation in local economic development ‘with the practice of community wealth building at its heart’.
Councils urged to think about economic recovery
Councils have been urged to start thinking about the economic recovery from coronavirus after high double-digit declines in sales.
Core Cities call for 'bold' post-crisis vision
The coronavirus business support fund should be extended – potentially taking an equity stake in business which they could later buy back – in a bid to boost the economy, city leaders have said.
How do we grow back our local economies?
There comes a point in emergency planning where the focus shifts to recovery, says Michael Palin – and he outlines five approaches local government can take to boost economic growth.
Looking after communities - it's what we do
District councils are supporting their communities and will be on the frontline of rebuilding the economy, but they cannot do this on fresh air. Cllr John Fuller calls for clarity on funding.
Salford Crescent developer named
The English Cities Fund has been named the development partner for the £2.5bn Salford Crescent masterplan.
Race to implement economic support package
Council finance officials and civil servants have raced to work out how to implement the Government’s enhanced package of economic support for coronavirus-affected businesses.
Buoyant tax income ahead of coronavirus crisis
The last set of public finance figures before the Government’s £350bn injection to combat coronavirus’ economic impact shows a buoyant month for tax income.
Jenrick urges councils not to delay on coronavirus spending
Local government secretary Robert Jenrick this week urged council leaders not to put off decisions because of money in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Budget 2020: New West Yorkshire mayor announced
A new directly-elected West Yorkshire mayor has been announced with the Government signing a new £1.8bn devolution deal amid plans to ‘level up’ the UK economy.