• True collaboration will be key to the success of devo in Surrey

    25 November 2023

    Cllr Tim Oliver says Surrey CC is looking forward to working with the Government and local partners to ensure all residents can feel the benefit of a Level 2 County Deal.

  • Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

    22 November 2023

    More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

  • White van man on... the rail network

    21 November 2023

    When Dishi canned that great white elephant-and -consultants gravy train called HS2, he said don’t worry the dosh he’s saving will still go to the North.

  • Levelling Up Fund allocated

    20 November 2023

    The third round of the Levelling Up Fund has been awarded to unsuccessful bids from round two.

  • Councils call for emergency school transport funding

    20 November 2023

    ‘Spiralling’ transport costs for children with special educational needs are threatening the financial stability of England’s largest councils, according to a report.

  • English-Welsh council partnership signed in bid for extra funding

    13 November 2023

    Two English and two Welsh county councils have signed a partnership agreement.

  • Beware the rise of conspiracy theories in our local politics

    08 November 2023

    Conspiracy theories thrive in the absence of transparency and effective communication, says Jessica Studdert. 'Part of the answer must lie in more, not fewer opportunities for public participation in decisions and building buy-in over trade-offs.'

  • White van man on... the Covid Inquiry

    31 October 2023

    Everyone knows the Government made a right pig’s ear of Covid, but that’s no surprise since Westminster politicians and Whitehall pen-pushers couldn’t run a bath.

  • Dealing with weather’s extremes

    30 October 2023

    Maria Van-Hove and Dr Charlotte Parbery-Clark look at how local authorities in the UK can support actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change, highlighting examples of good practice .

  • Government advisers back fiscal devolution

    23 October 2023

    Fiscal devolution should be ramped up to enable local authorities to develop transport networks, according to the Government’s independent advisers on infrastructure strategy.

  • Devolution debates dominate

    17 October 2023

    At the Labour conference, devolution was a major theme of Keir Starmer’s speech. It was reassuring to see regional rebalancing lives on but there are still big questions to answer on all sides of the political spectrum, says Zoë Billingham.

  • Aiding Scotland’s journey towards sustainable transportation

    12 October 2023

    Rory Alexander asks if the public sector can meet the demands of Scotland’s sustainable transportation strategy, and he looks at what the rest of the UK can learn.

  • Boroughs to get opt out from future ULEZ-style schemes

    10 October 2023

    Legislation that will enable London boroughs to opt out of future road charging schemes has been welcomed as ‘an enormous step forwards in local democracy’.

  • Labour to 'put communities in control’

    10 October 2023

    A raft of new mayors, combined authorities and devolved powers will be on offer should Labour win the General Election, the party’s conference heard this week.

  • Metro mayors still lack power to shape the future

    09 October 2023

    The HS2 saga over the last few days shows metro mayors still lack the voice and power they need to shape the economic future of their places, says Andrew Carter

  • Solving the school run

    05 October 2023

    Contrary to popular opinion, active travel isn’t the only answer to school run congestion - data can help too, says Pooya Kamvari. 

  • No dates for pothole cash

    05 October 2023

    The Department for Transport does not have a timescale for the billions of pounds for road resurfacing that it announced on the back of the decision to curtail HS2.

  • Growth: the big issue

    03 October 2023

    As we enter election season a national growth plan is needed now, delivered with and by places, says Ben Lucas. He sets out four key opportunities that could be catalysed through a new focus on local growth.

  • There’s a huge economic argument for delivering on HS2

    03 October 2023

    Northern cities could indeed take on the world, but it’s becoming increasingly clear the energy to achieve this can only come from the bottom up, and not from the centre, says Dr Arianna Giovannini.

  • Government announces 20mph review

    02 October 2023

    The Government has announced plans to discourage English local authorities from bringing in 20mph limits and traffic reduction measures.