Business rates relief control call
District councils have called for full control over the business rates relief that is awarded in their area amid claims that it is ‘unnecessarily generous’.
Delivering on the cities challenge
Cities face the huge task of boosting their economies and creating places where all can thrive post-Brexit. Chief executives from some of the UK’s largest cities joined a round table debate with PwC and Core Cities to discuss progress.
Investment in children's centres helps deliver real results
Leeds has become the first UK city to lower its childhood obesity rate - and the role played by children's centres vindicates the council's decision to protect funding despite heavy cuts to overall grant funding, says Judith Blake.
Travelling on the long road to improvement
After the big developments of the past week – with the improvement team finishing its intervention and a stern report warning of the work still to be done to stabilise Birmingham’s finances, Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Dawn Baxendale
EXCLUSIVE: Brexit impact unit moves into its response phase
The Government unit charged with collecting information about how councils are dealing with the impact of Brexit has moved from the preparedness to response phase.
The Stronger Towns Fund is not the right solution to a complex problem
The Stronger Towns Fund is not the response we need to a complex and nuanced problem, says chair of Core Cities Cllr Judith Blake.
When it comes to our cities there are reasons to be cheerful
There is little doubt that 2019 will be an historic and turbulent year, but there are some great opportunities for our cities to drive radical change and play a key role in post-Brexit Britain, says Cllr Judith Blake
Why it is time for a fair deal for everyone
The system is broken for everyone and we need to stop wasting valuable time and effort arguing with others about who has been hit hardest by austerity, argues vice chair of Core Cities Cllr Jon Collins
Core Cities could generate almost £100bn every year
We can generate almost £100bn for the UK economy every year if Government adopts our 'productivity package' bringing us up to the level of other European cities, says chair of Core Cities UK Cllr Judith Blake
Councils warn of no deal Brexit risks
A no deal Brexit would leave councils struggling with new checks on EU imports and without access to billions of pounds, Smith Square has warned.
Local transport bodies need greater freedoms
Local economies suffer due to transport disruption. Cllr Judith Blake explains what cities need if they are to take control of their local networks.
Keeping our creative economy afloat
Cllr Judith Blake on funding cities' cultural offerings.
Are our arguments finally getting through to ministers?
While some in government seem to be getting the message about council finances, Cllr Judith Blake argues the Treasury still does not.
Deprivation key to fair funding - Core Cities
Student numbers, deprivation, density and pollution should all be recognised by the Government when it draws up new spending formulas, the Core Cities have argued.
Timetable will plunge sector into 'crisis management'
Local government would be thrown into a period of ‘crisis management’ under the Government’s current fair funding timetable, Whitehall has been warned.
Over-85 numbers must be in new formula - CCN
County councils have said it is ‘crucial’ that the new funding formula is able to reflect the growing number of over-85s.
Cities need to up their game to make devolution a success
Devolution is not just about gaining new powers, it is about using the powers you already have. Andrew Carter believes cities are not as doing as much as they can.
Core Cities bypass ministers to meet Brexit negotiator Barnier
Leaders of the UK’s cities met with EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier yesterday in a crucial bid to have their voices heard on Brexit.
Turning challenges into opportunities
Despite growing challenges for local government and financial uncertainty ahead of the upcoming Budget, the response continues to be positive. Jamie Hailstone reports from a round table in association with PwC in which chief executives from the Core Cities group gave their views.
Frugal authorities may be left exposed to more cuts
It is a ‘tragic truth’ that local government’s ability to deal with cuts has left it vulnerable to further cuts in next week’s Budget, a top academic has suggested.