The metro mayor elections will indicate how much politics has realigned
The collapse of Labour's Red Wall should give the Conservative mayors of Tees Valley and the West Midlands cause for optimism, says Andrew Carter - but the most interesting mayoral election to watch could prove to be in Greater Manchester.
Mayors press for action to fulfill election promises
Newly-won Conservative constituencies in the Midlands and northern England have begun lobbying the Government for commitments to further devolution and capital spending.
Future Forum North: Call for towns and cities to make peace
The driving force behind the Greater Manchester devolution deal has urged towns and cities to make peace.
Too many blurred lines
It is ‘small wonder economic development has failed to deliver in so many places’, says Nigel Wilcox. His message to a future government is that a confusing landscape needs simplified – and combined authorities seem to provide the best solution.
EXCLUSIVE: Single tier fear reignited
County councils are being offered the option of unitary local government as part of a devolution deal, The MJ understands.
Putting the Power into the Northern Powerhouse
The Queen’s Speech pledged a White Paper to unleash regional potential. But Colin Copus and Steve Leach say the ‘democratic shortcomings’ of the Northern Powerhouse will worsen if the call for more radical devolution to the North is answered.
Devo paper to target 'structural reform'
Local Government leaders have urged ministers to consult them ahead of a White Paper on ‘structural and institutional reform’ of combined authorities.
Queen's speech: Devolution White Paper to set out 'structural reform'
An English devolution White Paper is planned by the Government, it has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech.
North of Tyne unveils two new directors
North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) has appointed two new directors to lead on delivery and development.
Treasury wasting money in funding of local government - report
The Treasury is wasting money in its funding of local government and needs to have a more place-based focus, according to a report from the respected Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank.
Best and worst authorities for inclusive growth revealed
Healthy life expectancy varies within the UK by as much as it does between here and Sudan, according to a new index ranking local and combined authorities on inclusive growth.
Taking back control from Westminster
Most Prime Ministers are surrounded by speculation on what they will achieve in their first 100 days. For Boris Johnson, he has just 99 days to deliver Brexit and the clock is rapidly ticking.
Mace chosen for university project
Project management consultancy Mace has been selected to support Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in delivering a new university.
West Midlands scrap plans for business rates hike
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has ruled out a rise in business rates for the region.
Kick-start devo deals, says Heseltine
Former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine has called for power over housing, skills and jobs to be handed to metro mayors in order to kick-start the devolution agenda.
£250bn and more devolution needed to tackle oncoming crisis
The Government needs to invest £250bn and commit to devolution if it is to tackle the jobs, housing and environmental pressures on the horizon, a group chaired by local government stalwart Lord Kerslake has argued.
Call for councils to 'embrace' scrutiny
The Government called on councils and combined authorities to ‘embrace’ scrutiny as it issued new guidance.
Driving the Midlands Engine
The West Midlands is the fastest-growing City Region outside London. Its Combined Authority chief executive, Deborah Cadman, is determined to push it further to boost the UK economy post Brexit. Heather Jameson reports
Combined authority rejects mayor's power grab
Plans to transfer control of policing to the West Midlands Mayor have been scrapped following a vote by the combined authority.
Labour hit by raft of councillor resignations
Labour local government has been hit by a raft of resignations after seven MPs resigned from the party to form The Independent Group.