Local economies

  • Next government ‘should bring big cities up to par with G7 peers’

    12 June 2024

    The incoming government should put big cities outside London at the heart of a national mission to make the UK richer than Germany, a report today from the Centre for Cities think-tank has said.


  • Leading the charge for net zero

    11 June 2024

    With the right support from the incoming government and by learning from successful initiatives like London’s Green Economy Action Plan, councils can lead in delivering net zero, says Niall Bolger.


  • Axeing UKSPF will harm poorest areas

    04 June 2024

    The IFS has warned axeing the UK Shared Prosperity Fund would hit poorer regions the most, but the scheme will need significant reform if it stays in place. Lee Peart reports.


  • Growth at heart of LGA White Paper

    03 June 2024

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for powers and funding so that councils can take a leading role in driving inclusive growth.


  • Feel the power

    28 May 2024

    Georgia Gould explains what Camden LBC is doing to harness and enhance the passion of people in a bid to renew our communities and our country.


  • Building the pillars of wisdom

    28 May 2024

    It’s the penultimate challenge for the contestants of this year’s Local Government Challenge. Their brief: to tackle deprivation and inequality through Waltham Forest LBC’s Stronger Communities strategy. Bekah Carrington explains.


  • Tackling ‘tumbleweed’ towns

    21 May 2024

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


  • ‘Fix the broken system’

    15 May 2024

    Local authorities are taking the lead in trying to alleviate the climate crisis but there is a definite disconnect between the actions of Westminster and those on a local level, as Eleanor Radcliffe and Sarah Longlands explain.


  • 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.


  • Tackling the challenge of Germany’s far right

    13 May 2024

    Ed Turner examines Germany’s growing far right in local and regional government, the factors that lie behind it and what to do about it.


  • 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.


  • Mayors meet to hear growth plans

    13 May 2024

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has summoned his party’s newly-elected mayors for a meeting to detail his plans for economic growth.


  • Clocking in for communities

    07 May 2024

    David Ramsay looks at the ambitions behind 15-minute neighbourhoods and how to overcome the challenges of creating them, including trying to sort out stakeholder objections early on.


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • Call for evidence boosted in local economic policy

    16 April 2024

    Centre for Cities has called for more evidence to be at the heart of local economic policy making.


  • Clear objectives needed for levelling up

    16 April 2024

    Central Government needs to set clear objectives for national programmes like levelling up, says chief executive of the Centre for Cities think-tank, Andrew Carter.


  • How to build a healthy economy

    08 April 2024

    Social care, often seen as a millstone for councils facing financial challenges, has been turned into an opportunity by Stockton-on-Tees BC to create inclusive growth and tackle health inequalities all at once, writes Heather Jameson.


  • Labour’s local vision for growth

    08 April 2024

    Adam Fineberg says Labour’s new localist Industrial Strategy is a manifesto aimed at reaping the benefits of more widely distributed growth across the country.


  • Powering up the North

    02 April 2024

    Richard Stubbs and Michael Wood say the opportunity to strengthen both the health and economy of northern England is immense – and that is why deeper devolution is needed.