• A winning strategy?

    22 March 2017

    The industrial strategy has dominated the agenda over the past month, but a new Localis report says it is time to move the debate forward. Sam Clayden reports.

  • The drive for investment will boost devolution

    22 March 2017

    Fresh back from MIPIM, Michael Burton says post-Brexit the UK will have to become a nation not just of shopkeepers but of salespeople.

  • Step up or risk being stifled

    22 March 2017

    The industrial strategy should be delivered at a place-based level, Localis has claimed in its latest report. There will be no argument from local government on that score.

  • 75% unaware of forthcoming mayoral elections

    22 March 2017

    Three-quarters of voters know ‘little or nothing’ about the forthcoming mayoral elections, new research has found.

  • Top-down plan shot down

    22 March 2017

    Town halls and experts have kicked back at sweeping proposals urging ministers to impose new devolution structures on places that fail to agree them locally.

  • Benefit changes warning

    14 March 2017

    Hackney LBC has warned MPs about the Government’s attempt to ‘rush through’ benefit changes to those in supported housing without fully funding them.

  • We need to talk about the state of the state

    14 March 2017

    We are trying to pay for public services with a tax system based on property and full-time employment as we shift to online shopping and the gig economy, writes Heather Jameson.

  • A new season for London's devolution

    14 March 2017

    John O'Brien says it is too early to tell whether London's latest devolution development has any wider significance for the Government’s approach to the agenda.

  • The Budget reaffirms the need for fiscal freedom

    14 March 2017

    Bob Neill examines the details of the chancellor’s Budget and looks at why local government needs more fiscal devolution.

  • CA company to promote region’s overseas growth

    14 March 2017

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has established a growth company to help promote the region around the world.

  • Capital health devo deal delayed

    14 March 2017

    Plans to announce further health devolution to London this week have been pushed back by Number 10, The MJ understands.

  • Devolution damaged by 'endless tinkering'

    14 March 2017

    Regional government has been subject to ‘endless tinkering’ which has damaged effective devolution and Britain’s economic performance, a damning study of Whitehall policy has found.

  • Lamb calls for Norfolk unitary

    13 March 2017

    An influential former minister has called for a unitary council covering Norfolk.

  • Jones to leave think-tank to work with Clark

    10 March 2017

    The chief executive of the Centre for Cities think-tank, Alexandra Jones, has been hired to head up the Government’s industrial strategy, it was announced today.

  • Budget 2017: A gimmick-free budget from 'Mr Spreadsheet'

    08 March 2017

    The chancellor's Budget gives extra cash for care, but there are no major surprises in store, says Michael Burton.

  • Budget 2017: Chancellor announces rescue package for care

    08 March 2017

    Chancellor Philip Hammond unveiled his final Spring Budget, offering a £2bn cash boost for social care in a bid to rescue councils from the care crisis.

  • Budget 2017: Capital handed new devolution powers

    08 March 2017

    The Budget has boosted devolution to the capital with new powers handed down to London.

  • Put local government in control of the NHS

    08 March 2017

    It’s time for a big bang approach to solve a health and care system on the brink. George Jones and John Stewart argue the case for handing the NHS to local government.

  • The time, the place

    08 March 2017

    As the RSA Inclusive Growth Commission publicises its final report, Charlotte Alldritt explains why a new form of leadership is needed at local level.

  • How business rate reforms will hit councils

    08 March 2017

    David Phillips examines the drawbacks of proposed reforms to the business rates system