Economic growth

  • Future Forum: Government must do more to help those on lowest incomes

    12 May 2022

    The Government has failed to do enough for those on the lowest incomes, a top economist has told The MJ’s Future Forum event.


  • Funding decision signals 'waning influence' of LEPs

    12 April 2022

    The Government’s decision to slash funding for growth hubs and local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) confirms combined authorities will increasingly lead economic development, a former LEP chair has suggested.


  • Levelling up plans will fail, IfG report claims

    31 March 2022

    The Government’s plans for levelling up will not cut regional inequality, a report from the influential Institute for Government (IfG) has claimed.


  • Delays to prosperity fund will hamper councils growth, say leaders

    30 March 2022

    Delays to the allocations of the UK Shared prosperity (UKSPF) fund will hamper councils’ investment plans for the coming year, local government leaders have claimed.


  • Southern cities show strongest potential

    17 March 2022

    Provincial cities in southern England with ‘strong local authorities’ show the strongest potential for economic growth, beating underperforming mets and most cities in the north, according to a report published today.


  • Marsham Street to cut funding pots

    08 March 2022

    The Government will reveal its plans to streamline funding for councils this year after acknowledging a ‘patchwork of fragmented funds’ has emerged.


  • Devolution for all: Gove unveils long-awaited White Paper

    02 February 2022

    By 2030, every part of England that wants one will have a devolution deal, the Government’s long-awaited levelling up White Paper has promised.


  • Council chiefs in supply chain warning

    31 January 2022

    Council chief executives have called on the Government to act amid warnings of supply chain issues and labour market shortages.


  • Transport key to post-COVID recovery

    25 January 2022

    Improving transport links between towns and cities is key to the post-COVID recovery and could save the UK’s ailing high streets, local leaders argued yesterday.


  • Getting a grip

    11 January 2022

    The Government is riven with confusion and incoherence, says Dan Corry. Here, he puts forward the three qualities that are fundamental to getting back on track.


  • Copeland in 'Section 114 territory'

    08 December 2021

    Copeland BC is ‘heading rapidly towards its minimum level of reserves and an expectation internally of issuing a Section 114 notice,’ an external assurance review of the council’s financial position has found.


  • Realising a joint vision for South Essex

    07 December 2021

    A desire to push boundaries and do whatever is possible to accelerate interventions for sustainable economic growth has driven forward a partnership of seven councils in South Essex. Cllr Chris Hossack tells the story.


  • Time for a change (again)?

    01 December 2021

    Levelling up secretary Michael Gove’s hints that local enterprise partnerships are ‘under review’ reminds Michael Burton of how governments cannot resist the temptation to reorganise


  • EXCLUSIVE: Districts in county deals warning

    30 November 2021

    District council leaders have warned county deals will fail unless local government secretary Michael Gove gives them an equal role in devolution.


  • Osborne urges ministers to 'double' devolution efforts

    30 November 2021

    Former chancellor George Osborne has urged ministers to ‘double’ efforts to drive forward devolution and local taxation.


  • Rates revenue shoots up

    19 November 2021

    Business rates revenue shot up by more than 40% last month compared to the previous year as the economy improved, according to latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).


  • Ministry in rebrand to put levelling up centre stage

    20 September 2021

    New secretary of state Michael Gove will preside over a beefed up new department with a firm focus on levelling up, it has been revealed.


  • The art of preventing a brain drain

    19 September 2021

    Paul Shevlin suggests arts and culture have a part to play in attracting young residents to come to rural areas


  • Put education at the heart of levelling up, say CPP and NRG

    16 September 2021

    Education should be at the heart of the levelling up agenda, according to the influential Northern Research Group (NRG) and think tank the Centre for Progressive Policy (CPP).


  • Levelling up too focused on infrastructure, claims report

    14 September 2021

    Ministers’ ‘levelling up’ agenda is too focused on new infrastructure projects at the expense of improving key public services, councils representing English towns and cities have warned.