Government guidance eases fears of out-of-borough clamp down
Fears that ministers would clamp down on councils’ abilities to invest in commercial property outside their local area have been eased by new Government guidance.
Our economy is growing quickly, but can we sustain the momentum?
Lawrence Conway explains how South Lakeland DC is making the most of its booming economy
Taking risk into account
The more commercial the venture, the more considered the due diligence needs to be. To do it successfully, writes Don Peebles, teams must have the skills in place to evaluate, communicate and manage that risk.
Restricting out of borough investments will increase risk
The Government is concerned that local government could become over-reliant on commercial income and consequent market changes may threaten local authorities’ abilities to deliver core services. Tony Clements looks at how Newham LBC is pursuing the opportunities
We're not waiting for Government to say 'yes'
Despite Brexit and austerity, Core City leaders are pushing ahead with developments to benefit urban economies, Judith Blake says.
Minister outlines Western Powerhouse plan
Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has outlined plans for a Western Powerhouse similar to local government-linked agreements operating in the north of England and Midlands.
Changing 5,000 lives
Despite being home to the Shard, Borough Market and the Tate Modern, Southwark LBC is still battling to address the impact of lesser-seen pockets of deprivation. Cllr Johnson Situ explains.
Wages remain stagnant despite growth - we need action
Andrew Carter calls for cities to set up inclusive growth commissions as growth across the country fails to translate into increased wages.
Commercialism: gold dust or just fool’s gold?
Councils are criticised for not being commercial enough on the one hand and for being overly commercial on the other. Philip Monaghan outlines Grant Thornton's latest research.
MSPs warn ‘significant’ issues with City Region Deals must be addressed
A number of concerns about Scotland’s City Region Deals have been raised today by a Holyrood committee.
Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth
Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.
Government is failing to deliver a fairer Britain
The chancellor is right to say that income inequality is at its lowest level in 30 years, but that does not mean the Government is delivering a fairer Britain, writes Charlotte Alldritt.
Scots must boost productivity to pay for public services
The Scottish Government will need a clear plan to support growth and productivity in its Budget this week if it is to pay for its public service commitments, an independent research unit has claimed.
Breaking free: Local areas need to embrace a new local economics
Batting back some recent criticisms of local wealth building, Neil McInroy and Matthew Jackson argue councils should advance agenda if they are to help create a more socially just economy.
Disjointed departments derailing inclusion drive
Whitehall departments’ differing appetites to devolve will scupper the Industrial Strategy and efforts to help those left behind by the political system, the Mayor of Greater Manchester has warned.
A response to the Industrial Strategy white paper
Shaping the Industrial Strategy is among the most pressing challenges facing local authority leaders. Sam Clayden reports on what sector chiefs believe must be done
How Essex is at the forefront of the Industrial Strategy
It is a busy time for the Essex economy. Cllr Kevin Bentley outlines all the changes, from the Industrial Strategy to the opening of the Stansted Airport College.
Making sense of the Industrial Strategy
Tom Stannard digests the Industrial Strategy white paper and outlines what it all means for local government.
Industrial Strategy 'lacks focus on inclusive growth'
The Government has failed to offer a compelling narrative around inclusive growth, Leeds City Council’s chief executive has warned.
Unlocking the Telford land deal
Cllr Shaun Davies explains how the Telford land deal has attracted £236m of investment to the area and prompted the sale of £23m of land.