• Coalition calls for reforms to ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy

    09 July 2021

    The Government has been urged to make urgent reforms to the 'flawed' apprenticeship levy by a coalition by local government and major employers in London.

  • Skills devolution key to levelling up

    05 July 2021

    A panel of experts brought together by the Localis think-tank discussed how to bring about economic growth at a local level.

  • Harnessing the power of data

    23 June 2021

    A skills mapping platform offers local authorities the ability to show central Government and corporations why their place is worth investing in, says Vanessa Tierney.

  • Finding local solutions to the challenges ahead

    16 June 2021

    Councils are uniquely placed to convene and work with local and national partners to address the jobs and skills challenge as the economy opens up, says Sir Richard Leese.

  • Government must get education right to 'level up'

    16 June 2021

    How the Government manages school catch-up policy is closely linked to the levelling up agenda, says Andrew Carter of Centre for Cities. And it needs to ensure it gets education right for both children and adults, he adds.

  • Why women lose out in the workforce

    11 June 2021

    Women were already off to an unequal start before the pandemic. Now the clock could be turned back even further, says the Centre for Progressive Policy. Ann McGauran investigates.

  • More than £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals

    08 June 2021

    The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

  • Javid: Devolution crucial in levelling up

    13 May 2021

    Former local government secretary Sajid Javid has stressed the importance of devolution in the drive towards levelling up the country.

  • Queen's Speech: Levelling up takes centre stage

    11 May 2021

    The Government’s levelling up agenda was at the forefront of today’s Queen’s Speech, but the role councils will play remains uncertain.

  • Level up basic skills to 'build back better,' says CPP

    08 April 2021

    Levelling up basic skills could boost employment by up to 302,000 in the most deprived local authorities, according to new analysis by the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP).

  • Future Forum North: Collaboration key to levelling up

    17 March 2021

    City council chief executives made a united call for a collaborative approach to levelling up at The MJ's Future Forum North today.

  • Changing the climate from within

    09 March 2021

    Kate Wilson looks at the challenge of finding talent in an increasingly competitive and talent-short market, while continuing to progress the overall goal of zero carbon emissions.

  • Counties scale up to the challenges

    03 March 2021

    Counties’ ability to blend both a central and local focus means they should be further empowered to lead on transforming local economies after the pandemic, argues Cllr Barry Lewis.

  • Councils must take a leading role in our economic recovery

    03 March 2021

    It cannot be left to central Government to determine the labour market strategy and lead on it, says Claire Kober. 'The local government sector has demonstrated its ability to reach areas central Government cannot.'

  • Transforming the jobs outlook for young people in Essex

    01 March 2021

    Nicole Wood outlines how Essex CC has committed to creating 1,000 new entry level jobs for young people, of all abilities, within 12 months, using an ambitious three pronged approach.

  • Councils' role is vital to a fulsome recovery

    26 January 2021

    Some loved ones will not be around to experience the renaissance when it comes. But for those who are, 'the critical role of local authorities needs to be recognised and underpinned' if the recovery is to be swift, says Abdool Kara.

  • Time for some good news

    25 January 2021

    Paul Wheeler reports on a company based in Oldham that believes in the town and want to be part of its future.

  • Communities and councils need the power to act locally on unemployment

    17 December 2020

    We need to give local authorities the power and the means to tackle unemployment rates at a community level, says Vidhya Alakeson.

  • Community-led skills devo should be the way forward

    02 December 2020

    A more comprehensive and community-led approach to devolution would enable skills strategies and local services to be joined up more effectively, says Charlotte Morgan.

  • The learning never stops

    25 November 2020

    Drawing on feedback from Solace’s recent development programmes and events, Jessica Mullinger assesses the advantages and disadvantages to both live and virtual settings as we look at different ways of learning due to the pandemic.