Economic growth

  • Frustration bubbles over wait for Brexit bonanza

    15 September 2020

    The Government runs the risk of ‘levelling up everywhere at rock bottom’ as uncertainty continues to reign over funding for the regions months after Brexit.

  • Rogers to retire next year

    09 September 2020

    The Liverpool-born chief executive of the region’s combined authority has announced he plans to retire next September.

  • A five point plan for economic revolution

    14 August 2020

    As the sparks a revolution in the way we live and work, Mark Bretton outlines the Local Enterprise Partnerships' five point plan for recovery

  • Building back the Thames Estuary

    10 August 2020

    The Thames Estuary can make a real contribution to the economy – but it will need the freedom to take a different approach, says Kate Willard.

  • A place-based approach to economic recovery

    04 August 2020

    According to the latest analysis commissioned on behalf of the County Councils Network, counties are the most vulnerable councils to the economic impact of COVID-19. Paul Dossett argues they should be at the forefront of government plans to level up

  • Major projects must be more responsive to local need, MPs argue

    28 July 2020

    Hundreds of billions of pounds spent on new infrastructure projects could be ‘squandered’ without better co-ordination of local projects, MPs have warned.

  • Government told to recommit to local industrial strategies

    17 July 2020

    Local industrial strategies (LIS) should be the ‘starting point for economic recovery plans,’ the Government has been told.

  • Lancashire lays its foundations for recovery

    14 July 2020

    Lancashire CC and its partners are having a ‘decisive, honest and evidence-based conversation with Government’ aimed at moving the economy in the right direction, says Stephen Young.

  • Think tank calls for £200bn rescue package from Sunak

    07 July 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak should announce a targeted £200bn fiscal stimulus package in his statement tomorrow equal to 10% of GDP to aid the economic recovery says think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

  • Sunak set to unveil green investment plans

    07 July 2020

    Plans to rebuild the economy with green investment are set to be launched by Chancellor Rishi Sunak in his summer statement tomorrow.

  • Ministers urged to create a 'green bank'

    03 July 2020

    Ministers have been urged to create a Green Bank to fund climate change investment as part of the Government’s multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programme announced earlier this week.

  • Opening up access to UPRNs and USRNs

    02 July 2020

    Nick Chapallaz, Managing Director at GeoPlace, discusses how open access to UPRNs and USRNs is set to unlock the power of place

  • Boris sets off on the COVID comeback trail

    01 July 2020

    Boris Johnson’s speech in Dudley was ‘a mastery of political tub-thumpery’, says Heather Jameson. ‘But beyond the soundbites, much of the PM’s speech was a rehash of manifesto commitments and pre-announced cash.'

  • Research suggests fall in house building due to COVID

    30 June 2020

    More than 80,000 new homes will not be delivered this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, research has revealed today.

  • Local government needs a reset

    24 June 2020

    Local government lies at the heart of multiple emergencies, warns Heather Jameson. She says we need a new system of modern and  fully funded public services, joined up at a local level.

  • Ministers urged to invest in West Midlands

    23 June 2020

    Ministers have been urged to inject £3.2bn over the next three years into the West Midlands economy to offset the impact of the pandemic.

  • Jenrick appeal for shovel-ready schemes

    15 June 2020

    Communities secretary Robert Jenrick has urged local areas to submit ideas for ‘shovel-ready’ schemes that could be boosted by government funding.

  • IFS exposes impact of COVID-19 on different areas

    15 June 2020

    The balance of protecting public health and returning to economic activity varies from one area to the next, research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

  • Public administration is the only sector left undamaged by coronavirus

    12 June 2020

    The UK economy shrank by a record breaking 25% between February and April with steep falls in the education and health sectors and only public administration remaining unaffected by the coronavirus shutdown from March, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics

  • The 2020 Public Services Commission: 10 years after

    11 June 2020

    Ben Lucas and Dr Henry Kippin assess the work of the 2020 Public Services Commission. They also address how society can recover from the coronavirus crisis, and argue the need for a different economic model if we want to build back better.