The risks of Sunak’s freeports

The risks of Sunak’s freeports
By Paul Marinko | April 8, 2021

The freeports policy is poised to be a main plank of the levelling up agenda. But there are concerns they could become hotspots for organised crime and money laundering – risks that could lead to significant extra burdens for councils. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Liverpool looks to the future

    By Heather Jameson | March 30, 2021

    Chief executive of Liverpool City Council Tony Reeves talks to Heather Jameson about the damning Caller report that followed the arrest of former Mayor Joe Anderson, and insists the council is addressing its weaknesses.

  • Pushing for influence on the national stage

    By Heather Jameson | March 23, 2021

    Heather Jameson talks to chief executive of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council, Graham Farrant, about the outlook for local communities and economies two years on from the birth of the new unitary.

  • Inequality matters

    By Ann McGauran | March 25, 2021

    A conference has delved into the most crucial issues facing local government public health leaders and their communities a year on from the first lockdown. Ann McGauran reports.

  • A testing legacy?

    By Ann McGauran | March 16, 2021

    The NHS Test and Trace programme is not only hugely expensive, it is also ineffective, says a committee of MPs. Could councils do a better job if given more resources? Ann McGauran reports.


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