Joining the dots
Ahead of COP26, the Government has published its route map for reaching net zero emissions, but is it ambitious enough and what does it mean for local government? Ann McGauran reports.
Gove: My most exciting job yet
New communities secretary Michael Gove has argued that the renaming of his department is a ‘sign of confidence in local government’.
Devolve powers to level up
The panel brought together by the Centre for Progressive Policy think-tank agreed local government needed more powers to make the agenda a success.
Call for ground-up approach to carbon reduction
The Government must ‘match the ambition of communities’ on reducing carbon emissions, a think-tank has said.
Letting the poppies bloom
Heather Jameson says the Conservative conference has put levelling up and skills front and centre, but voters may be looking for a short-term fix.
A focus on areas with stronger leaders will not be good news for all places
What will the devolution agenda look like under Michael Gove, asks Arianna Giovannini? The cases of Ben Houchen and Andy Burnham are 'equally telling on what the way ahead might look like', she says.
We need an equal partnership between the NHS and councils on health and care
When is a local health and care partnership not a partnership? If we are not careful when it's an integrated care system, say Phil Hope and Steve Barwick.
Mayoral devolution is 'central to levelling up,' claims Clarke
Devolution is central to the levelling up agenda, chief secretary to the Treasury, Simon Clarke, told the Conservative Party Conference.
Devolution is my ‘unfinished business’
Pat Ritchie is leaving her role as chief executive of Newcastle City Council after more than eight years at the helm. She talks to Heather Jameson about her legacy and what she sees as her three key achievements.
Hampshire hamstrung by social care cost pressures
Hampshire CC has revealed social care cost pressures are costing it more than double the value of government grant and the council tax precept.
Gove lays out his vision to level up the red wall
New communities secretary Michael Gove has signalled an enhanced role for local government coupled with localism, the big society and ‘double devolution’.
Local leadership needs a vote of confidence from the Treasury
In the run up to the Spending Review, the County Councils' Network will be continuing to highlight 'how imperative well-resourced councils are to the levelling up agenda', says Simon Edwards.
Let’s ground levelling up
The LGiU has set out the six core principles that must inform the approach to levelling up from now on. Dr Jonathan Carr-West explains.
Labour's Burnham praises Conservative Gove
Labour’s Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has praised new levelling up secretary Michael Gove and offered to help him ‘define and deliver’ the policy.
Devolution should be the default option, say MPs
Government should consider devolving greater powers in housing, health, planning and education, a new report has argued.
Mayors key to rebuilding red wall
Labour will look to local government to spearhead its attempts to return to power at Westminster.
Future funding for local government has never been so uncertain
Many will be hoping that big ministerial changes will mean progress on big issues including levelling up, says Dan Bates. But he would settle for more clarity in one key area for local government.
A familiar face in a beefed-up role
As Michael Gove steps intro the newly-styled Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Heather Jameson charts his rise and realism on tackling the country’s current challenges.
Levelling up 'must start with councils'
A panel of experts has agreed council funding is key to addressing regional inequalities.
Council to adopt cabinet system to aid devo bid
Nottinghamshire expected to abandon the committee system it took on for decision making in 2012.