Economic growth

  • Reeves: No return to austerity

    29 May 2024

    Shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves said there will be no return to austerity under a Labour Government.

  • MJ Regen: Finding solutions together

    14 May 2024

    This year’s UKREiiF event is set to premiere a new how-to guide to help public and private sector partners work together. Heather Jameson reports on the brainchild of the recently-formed EG Public Sector Forum.

  • MJ Regen: How to grow when the cash runs out

    14 May 2024

    With the current state of council finances, we need to look again at the role of local authorities in economic development, focusing on convening and collaborating rather than delivering growth, says Dr Simon Kaye.

  • 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.

  • Local funding reform key to growth agenda, says report

    03 May 2024

    The next government must relinquish centralised control to realise ambitions for growth, a report concluded today.

  • The Trump effect

    30 April 2024

    Sector insiders talk to Heather Jameson about the possible impact this side of the pond of a second victory for Donald Trump, including less cash for public services and a push to boost local economies.

  • 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.

  • Call for evidence boosted in local economic policy

    16 April 2024

    Centre for Cities has called for more evidence to be at the heart of local economic policy making.

  • Clear objectives needed for levelling up

    16 April 2024

    Central Government needs to set clear objectives for national programmes like levelling up, says chief executive of the Centre for Cities think-tank, Andrew Carter.

  • 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.

  • Wakefield’s in-between spaces

    26 March 2024

    Wakefield’s Urban Greening Strategy sets out an ambition to transform the city centre by reconsidering the approach to using space between buildings. Mark Lynam explains.

  • Ready for a bright new dawn?

    26 March 2024

    Rachel Reeves’ Mais lecture represented a clear shift away from New Labour towards an active state, a muscular industrial strategy and ambitious regional policy, say Mike Emmerich and Ben Lucas.

  • Experts in fresh push for fiscal devolution

    08 March 2024

    An independent group of experts is preparing to pile pressure on ministers to back fiscal devolution, The MJ understands.

  • Recruitment conundrums and economic development

    06 March 2024

    A key challenge for councils building economic development teams is understanding where to prioritise the service skills, while many candidates are opting for the contractor market, says Penna.

  • We don’t need a Lyons’ 2.0

    06 March 2024

    With the seminal 2007 Lyons Review in focus, Ben Franklin and Annabel Smith look at why place-shaping has captured the zeitgeist and argue local government does not need another review, and should instead 'get on and do it'.

  • Getting Britain building again

    06 March 2024

    The Purposeful Finance Commission’s recommendation that businesses raise a target of £22.5m to help unblock urban infrastructure projects is an investment rather than a cost, says Tracy Blackwell.

  • Growth matters

    06 March 2024

    Tom Stannard talks to Ann McGauran about why strengthening local government’s economic development and regeneration role is crucial if the UK is to drive forward on growth.

  • The threat from bank and building society closures

    27 February 2024

    More than half of all bank and building society branches have closed since 2015 – nearly 6,000 in total. This has significant implications both for financial inclusion and our high streets.

  • Fresh wave of devolution could reduce regional inequalities, says report

    27 February 2024

    An overhaul of the local government system and a fresh wave of devolution have been put forward as solutions to regional inequalities in a report.

  • Economic growth with local talent at the fore

    20 February 2024

    With 22,000 civil service jobs moving out of London there are real opportunities for local authorities to work with the Government Property Agency to kickstart economic growth. Alan Whitelaw explains.