• Not a business as usual approach

    11 December 2019

    Metro Dynamics has launched a guide for people working in and with towns that distils what it has learned over the past few years, based on eight principles. Mike Emmerich explains.

  • The year that was

    11 December 2019

    It’s been a year notable for things that never were – the Spending Review, social care Green Paper, devolution framework or, indeed, Brexit. But proof emerged that most male councillors are actually called John.

  • All we want for Christmas is

    11 December 2019

    In all, 2019 is a year epitomised more by deficiencies than its successes, says Heather Jameson. We are still awaiting the adult social care Green Paper; the Spending Review; the devolution framework; the local government finance settlement.

  • Future Forum North: Call for towns and cities to make peace

    06 December 2019

    The driving force behind the Greater Manchester devolution deal has urged towns and cities to make peace.

  • Future Forum North: Health and care devo has been 'a good thing' for Greater Manchester

    05 December 2019

    The Greater Manchester health partnership gave Tameside the' air cover' to save £88m while reducing demand and 'creating a virtuous investment model'.

  • NILGA in pre-election powers and resources call

    05 December 2019

    Northern Ireland’s Parliamentary candidates have been urged to prioritise granting greater powers and resources to councils ahead of next week’s General Election.

  • Working class vote is key in the battle for Number 10

    03 December 2019

    Michael Burton says that from both a moral and political perspective a Boris administration will want to channel resources and power to those areas which helped him hang onto the keys to Number 10.

  • It’s party time

    03 December 2019

    With just a week to polling day, the race to form the next Government is nearly over. Here Paul Marinko tries to help the sector navigate the web of policy commitments for local government on offer after 12 December.

  • 'Emphasis on devolution' promised under a Conservative government

    29 November 2019

    Devolution is likely to be back on the priority agenda should the Conservatives win the next general election according to the former No 10 chief of staff to Theresa May.

  • A vision of the past

    28 November 2019

    The party manifestos have been branded ‘a little last decade’ after they were released in quick succession ahead of the General Election.

  • Let's ensure the sector gets heard above the post-election hubbub

    27 November 2019

    To get its voice heard by an incoming government, the sector should unite around the main themes - including funding, national policies for both adults and children's services, place-making, infrastructure and more, says Anthony May.

  • London leaders in devolution call

    26 November 2019

    Local government leaders and think-tanks in the capital have called on General Election candidates to commit to greater devolution.

  • Lib Dems to 'end continual erosion' of council funding

    20 November 2019

    Lib Dems would ‘end the continual erosion’ of local government funding if they win power at the General Election, the party’s manifesto has pledged.

  • A vote for change

    20 November 2019

    Local government calls for ‘radical change’ and ‘genuine devolution’ increased this week as political parties prepared to unveil their General Election manifestos.

  • We need 10-year settlements, LGA chairman says

    18 November 2019

    Local government should have 10-year financial settlements to be able to forward plan properly, the Local Government Association (LGA) chairman has suggested.

  • Counties to press for 'devolution for all'

    18 November 2019

    A call has been made for the next Government to increase the level of devolution to county councils.

  • Greater Manchester's Rouse to join Stoke

    13 November 2019

    Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership’s chief officer has been announced as the preferred candidate for the top officer job at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

  • Creating a country that works for all

    13 November 2019

    Arianna Giovannini of IPPR North says that whichever party emerges as the winner on 13 December should prioritise rebalancing our national economy - creating a country that works for everyone.

  • Sharing is caring

    06 November 2019

    Kate Kennally argues that, for Cornwall to catch up with the rest of the UK, the Shared Prosperity Fund must do exactly that: share prosperity. But she says real devolution of decision making to a local level is equally important.

  • Forging a path to devolution

    06 November 2019

    Nick King asks why central Government and civil servants are so resistant to providing the freedoms and flexibilities of fiscal devolution