• Putting community at the heart of decision-making

    11 September 2019

    Cllr Jonathan Slater and James Lee talk to Ann McGauran about Lewisham LBC’s Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy strategy, and what makes it unique.

  • Lessons from the collapse of Bury FC

    11 September 2019

    The sad demise of Bury FC will hopefully provoke a long overdue debate on how English football is governed, says Paul Wheeler.

  • Town deals cash not guaranteed

    10 September 2019

    Some 100 places across England have been invited to develop plans for new multi-million pound town deals - but the cash is not guaranteed.

  • Lessons from Japan’s recovery plans

    04 September 2019

    The 2019 Japan Local Government Study Tour looked at how the country plans for – and recovers from – emergencies. John Rooney was part of the tour. He explains how UK local government could learn from their approach

  • Not just about the money

    04 September 2019

    Manchester City Council’s senior management team talks to Heather Jameson about its focus on working across silos to improve the life chances of all residents.

  • £450m flagship regeneration project scrapped

    28 August 2019

    Southampton City Council has terminated an agreement for a multi-million pound regeneration project.

  • Time to wake up

    20 August 2019

    Paul Wheeler says the ‘slow death of capable local political leadership’ is hopefully a wake-up call to parties to invest in and support local politics.

  • Developer withdraws from multi-million Hove scheme

    15 August 2019

    Crest Nicholson has withdrawn from plans to deliver a £50m leisure centre and new housing in Hove.

  • Regenerating Rochford’s high street

    14 August 2019

    High streets everywhere are feeling the pinch, but Rochford is experimenting with new ways of increasing visitor footfall and engaging the community. Shaun Scrutton reports

  • Social enterprise can play a part in reshaping our high streets

    12 August 2019

    Nicola Steuer explains how the School for Social Entrepreneurs and its partners are using a new form of grant funding called Match Trading aimed at focusing social enterprises and community businesses on growth

  • Evolution not decline

    06 August 2019

    Sheila Oxtoby says that while there is much talk of the decline of the traditional high street, the current changes are just the most recent developments in the ongoing evolution of the town centre.

  • Morgan Sindall seals £1bn venture with Brentwood

    02 August 2019

    Brentwood BC has approved the formation of a £1bn joint venture with Morgan Sindall Investments.

  • Transforming towns

    24 July 2019

    Councils looking for an example of how to transform their towns into vibrant areas for the 21st century can draw a great deal of inspiration from Roeselare, a town of 60,000 people in Belgium.

  • Dear Chancellor

    24 July 2019

    As the dust settles on the Conservative leadership announcements, the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy’s (CIPFA) Rob Whiteman writes an open letter to the new Chancellor Sajid Javid hoping for bold, transformative action.

  • We cannot afford to take no for an answer

    17 July 2019

    Louise Round says Tandridge DC was not 'one of the lucky 50' to get through to the second round of the Future High Streets funding round. She hopes Government will not make the second stage disproportionately difficult for councils to take part in.

  • Promised housing cash withdrawn

    16 July 2019

    Millions of pounds of housing investment announced with great fanfare by the Government has been withdrawn.

  • Sovereign Centros appointed to £400m Hertfordshire development

    05 July 2019

    Broxbourne BC and Hertfordshire CC have selected Sovereign Centros as their development partner for a £400m development.

  • Making cities emotionally intelligent places

    02 July 2019

    Europe’s first ‘urban psychology’ summit looked at how we might make cities that better help people develop from pre-birth onwards. Chris Murray outlines the key points from the agenda-setting event.

  • Bring it on – give it to us

    02 July 2019

    James Jamieson is the newly-elected chairman of the Local Government Association. He talks to Heather Jameson about his priorities. He wants councils to have ‘not just the responsibility, we want the resources and the responsibility’

  • Worthing agrees modular housing deal with Swedish firm

    28 June 2019

    A Swedish modular homebuilder has secured its first agreement in the UK for a decade with Worthing BC.