Combined Authority

  • Combined authority to work with housing association coaltion

    30 January 2018

    The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed to work with a coalition of 15 housing associations to deliver up to 40,000 affordable homes.

  • Mayor launches fairness and social justice board

    26 January 2018

    An independent board to ensure that fairness and social justice inform everything the Liverpool city region does met for the first time yesterday.

  • Mayor defends £11 tax precept

    25 January 2018

    West Midlands mayor Andy Street yesterday defended his proposal for an £11 council tax precept after it was rejected by the combined authority’s cabinet.

  • Former LEP chair accused of cover-up over deal

    23 January 2018

    MPs have accused an ex-local enterprise partnership (LEP) chairman of a ‘cover up’ after he refused to reveal details of a deal to develop taxpayer-funded land.

  • 1066 'n' all that

    18 January 2018

    The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Norman Conquest of England but a millennium later another battle is breaking out between the nation's councils.

  • LEP moves to become 'most transparent' in England

    16 January 2018

    A local enterprise partnership (LEP) that had funding restrictions slapped on it by the Government has approved transparency measures that go beyond national guidance.

  • Burnham under pressure to limit tax

    12 January 2018

    Greater Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, is under pressure to limit his council tax precept.

  • Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth

    21 December 2017

    Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.

  • Combined authority hires ex-Downing Street adviser

    18 December 2017

    A former No 10 policy unit adviser has been hired as West Midlands Combined Authority’s (WMCA) director of housing and regeneration.

  • ‘Push ahead with devo until you’re told to stop’

    14 December 2017

    Local leaders should keep pushing the limits of devolution until they are told to stop, the chief executive of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has suggested.

  • North of Tyne: A deal for the people

    13 December 2017

    After much wrangling, the three councils North of the Tyne have struck a landmark devolution deal with the Government. Lead chief executive Pat Ritchie speaks to Sam Clayden about what makes the deal unique and why it is vital for the region.

  • Proceed until apprehended

    13 December 2017

    As metro mayors change the face of local government in England, West Midlands Combined Authority chief executive Deborah Cadman tells Heather Jameson how she plans to go full steam ahead with the Midlands Engine

  • Disjointed departments derailing inclusion drive

    07 December 2017

    Whitehall departments’ differing appetites to devolve will scupper the Industrial Strategy and efforts to help those left behind by the political system, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has warned.

  • Devolution is the PM’s ally in helping the ‘left behind’

    06 December 2017

    Michael Burton argues the Prime Minister should seize control of the devolution agenda if she is to build an inclusive economy.

  • Pursuing devo deal would have damaged council's credibility, says leader

    01 December 2017

    Lancashire CC rejected the idea of a combined authority last month because pursuing it in the absence of unanimous support from all councils in the area would have harmed the council’s credibility with the Government, leader Geoff Driver has said.

  • Burnham: Westminster is the problem, devolution is the solution

    30 November 2017

    There will never be a better moment to refocus the way our nation works, the mayor of Greater Manchester has warned amid the most 'volatile' period of change in living memory.

  • Future Forum North 2017

    29 November 2017

    All the news from our Future Forum North event, which looked at the impact of the Autumn Budget on local government, devolution, health and care integration and much more.

  • Lumbering LEPs and a rethink on mayors

    29 November 2017

    Heather Jameson argues the Industrial Strategy white paper will end up with confused mosaic of structures across the country – and the inevitable threat of local government reorganisation.

  • Industrial Strategy snubs councils

    27 November 2017

    Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the drivers of future local growth in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.

  • County council rejects devolution plans

    24 November 2017

    The prospect of devolution to Lancashire were dealt a blow yesterday after four councils including the county council rejected the idea of a combined authority.