Devolution

  • Don't neglect England's metro mayors

    28 May 2024

    Andrew Carter warns conflicting priorities could trump political affiliations for Labour's metro mayors and Westminster, should Starmer win the General Election.


  • EXCLUSIVE: Treasury civil servants considering how income tax devolution could work

    21 May 2024

    Treasury officials are considering how the idea of devolving powers to local government to retain a share of income tax revenue could work, The MJ understands.


  • Letting go of London

    21 May 2024

    Nick Bowes looks at what the next Government’s agenda should be for London and at how the city should respond to any shifting political landscape – and he believes fiscal devolution will be key.


  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.


  • MJ Regen: The sum of all parts

    14 May 2024

    Combined authorities have the tools to drive regeneration but the private sector must work in partnership to deliver, says Phil Mayall.


  • Genuine devolving RTB powers would signal some real devolution

    13 May 2024

    Mo Baines says it is worth exploring how councils could be trusted with moratorium powers on RTB, including allowing them the ability to switch RTB on or off based on local need.


  • Mayors meet to hear growth plans

    13 May 2024

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has summoned his party’s newly-elected mayors for a meeting to detail his plans for economic growth.


  • National Insurance devolution call

    10 May 2024

    A ‘small share’ of around 5% of locally-generated National Insurance (NI) revenue should be devolved as part of tax-sharing pilots with leading combined authorities, the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank has argued in a report.


  • Fresh Right to Buy devolution call

    10 May 2024

    Calls to devolve England’s Right to Buy policy are gathering momentum, with a centre-left think-tank now urging ministers to hand powers to councils.


  • Are the grown-ups in the room?

    01 May 2024

    Labour’s alternative to levelling up could mark a step change to a more mature relationship between the centre and our regions, say Annabel Smith and Ben Franklin.


  • What next for unitarisation?

    30 April 2024

    Ahead of the Mayoral elections, Steve Leach and Colin Copus ask if the proliferation of combined authorities has snookered the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities’ unitary authorities policy.


  • Devon councillors back devolution bid

    30 April 2024

    Devon County Council members have voted in favour of going ahead with plans that could see more power transferred from Whitehall to Devon and Torbay.


  • Driving positive outcomes must be top of metro mayors' agenda

    26 April 2024

    Improving outcomes for communities is at the heart of successful devolution and metro mayors must put in place a plan to achieve this from day one, says Kerry Scott.


  • What will the next steps be for the mayoral model?

    22 April 2024

    While the offers to communities from mayors are maturing, there remain big questions to be answered by whichever party forms the next Government, says Zoë Billingham.


  • Devolution needs to be more ‘Kevin Keegan’

    22 April 2024

    If the UK wants to emerge from its ‘odd decade’ into a better place, it must use devolution to boost the economic potential of its regions, says Henry Kippin.


  • Help councils unlock their true power

    16 April 2024

    With LGA plans for a local government White Paper gathering pace, Lord Bichard reiterates the importance of councils being afforded a genuine partnership with central government – something he feels the next government must establish as a matter of priority.


  • Putting finance on the devolution to-do list

    16 April 2024

    Seeking real fiscal autonomy for local government at times feels as elusive as the end of a rainbow, says Alison Griffin.


  • Government ignores sugar levy calls

    12 April 2024

    The Government has ignored Local Government Association (LGA) calls for the sugar levy to be spent by councils to tackle physical inactivity.


  • Reform author pushes back on devo criticisms

    10 April 2024

    The author of a report that proposed devolving NHS England’s £168bn budget and most services to local government has hit back at criticisms.


  • Labour’s local vision for growth

    08 April 2024

    Adam Fineberg says Labour’s new localist Industrial Strategy is a manifesto aimed at reaping the benefits of more widely distributed growth across the country.