Cllr Nick Forbes

  • Core Cities' offer is not just a housing opportunity

    13 October 2021

    Core Cities UK's offer to the UK Government to increase annual housing delivery up to a total of 25,000 homes per year, offers not just a housing opportunity, but also a skills, employment, economic and low carbon dividend, says Cllr Nick Forbes.

  • Cities can bring economic and policy substance to the levelling up agenda

    17 August 2021

    A report from the OECD underlines that Core Cities still do not contribute their full potential to national prosperity, says Cllr Nick Forbes. But we can build on our experiences in handling the pandemic to create a platform for recovery, he adds.

  • Cities are not mere delivery agents for nations

    22 June 2021

    All the global cities at the first 'G7 U7' summit were on the frontline during the pandemic, says Cllr Nick Forbes. 'They all suffered as a result, but our discussion made clear they are also the places most capable of delivering recovery'.

  • Cities are core to driving post-COVID recovery

    27 April 2021

    Core Cities is planning a virtual event next month - G7 C7 - 'that will bring together city networks like ourselves from across the G7 countries to discuss topics including Net Zero and economic recovery', says Cllr Nick Forbes.

  • Councils should be leading the queue for reinvestment

    27 November 2019

    What does the LGA's Labour Group want from a new Government on local finance? Councils' funding must be permanently protected from the vagaries of national Government, argues Cllr Nick Forbes.

  • The time for local voices to be heard

    27 June 2018

    The Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Independent Local Government Association Groups outline their key topics for discussion and policy targets ahead of the upcoming LGA conference in Birmingham.

  • More questions than answers

    20 July 2016

    Business rates retention goes further than simply a rethink of local government finances and more answers are needed on crucial points, says Cllr Nick Forbes

  • Where are the tools?

    25 November 2015

    Cllr Nick Forbes urges the Government to use devolution to help usher in a new era of regulatory control

  • It's grim for the North

    09 October 2012

    Cllr Nick Forbes explains why he believes councils across the North face a tougher challenge over coming years.