Policy

  • Transport key to post-COVID recovery

    25 January 2022

    Improving transport links between towns and cities is key to the post-COVID recovery and could save the UK’s ailing high streets, local leaders argued yesterday.


  • Net-zero boost in White Paper

    24 January 2022

    Next month’s levelling up White Paper will feature measures aimed at helping all areas deliver their net-zero targets, the Government has revealed.


  • Levelling up White Paper to deliver planning reform hints

    24 January 2022

    Hints about the future direction of the Government’s planning reforms are expected to be revealed in next month’s levelling up White Paper, The MJ understands.


  • Ministers acknowledge long-term savings from Everyone In

    17 January 2022

    Ministers have acknowledged that the Government’s Everyone In policy will achieve long-term savings despite arguing it is ‘not a sustainable approach’.


  • Getting a grip

    11 January 2022

    The Government is riven with confusion and incoherence, says Dan Corry. Here, he puts forward the three qualities that are fundamental to getting back on track.


  • Levelling up funding failing to focus on social issues, finds research

    11 January 2022

    Government levelling up funding is failing to focus on social issues and misses targetting crucial problems, according to new research.


  • Gove scraps urban centre recovery taskforce

    09 December 2021

    Communities secretary Michael Gove has disbanded a 10-strong expert advisory group of local government leaders and business after just a year.


  • Powers warning ahead of new deals

    07 December 2021

    A new report today warns areas reluctant to accept directly-elected leaders in the next wave of devolution deals may be offered ‘fewer powers and flexibilities’.


  • Nandy claims Government levelling up approach in 'disarray'

    06 December 2021

    The shadow communities secretary Lisa Nandy has claimed the Government’s approach to levelling up is in disarray amid reports the White Paper has been delayed.


  • Dementia tops COVID for care home death cause

    02 December 2021

    Coronavirus was the second highest cause of deaths among care home residents behind dementia last year, according to latest figures.


  • 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.


  • Call for fresh powers from ombudsman

    30 November 2021

    England’s local government ombudsman today demands wide-ranging new powers to investigate complaints across town halls, social care and education amid concern current regimes are outdated.


  • 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.


  • LGA warning over soaring care costs

    23 November 2021

    Soaring adult and children’s care costs mean councils could ‘soon fail to support everyone they need to,’ town halls have warned.


  • Gove backs Housing First

    22 November 2021

    New communities secretary Michael Gove has indicated his support for the rolling out of Housing First.


  • Gove warned of climate change floods risk

    22 November 2021

    Local government secretary Michael Gove was today urged to align UK housing policy with climate change.


  • Minister tells councils price of devolution

    08 November 2021

    Levelling up minister Neil O’Brien has told councils they will have to improve their ‘governance, efficiency and service delivery’ in return for more devolution, The MJ understands.


  • Call for investment in homelessness data

    08 November 2021

    The head of Whitehall’s ‘what works’ centre on homelessness has called for better data infrastructure to help achieve the end of rough sleeping by 2024.


  • 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.


  • Gove in major review of new department

    25 October 2021

    A wide-scale review of every single programme is underway at the new Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), The MJ understands.