Markets can be fickle beasts. How can councils mitigate risk?
The jury is still out on whether councils are as good as they need to be for their latest commercialisation initiatives, writes Malcolm Morley.
Where are district councils left under a minority Government?
Ian Miller demands early clarity on local government finance reform.
Districts are ready and able to deliver the Industrial Strategy
District councils have an unrivalled understanding of what is required to shape local industrial strategies and deliver local economic growth across England, says Mark Pawsey MP.
Part and parcel of politics
Haringey LBC has just signed a new joint venture to push much-needed development in the borough amid public protests and opposition from local MPs. Cllr Claire Kober tells Heather Jameson why
All part of the plan
Doing the rounds of neighbouring councils is vital - if painful - when it comes to completing the local plan, says Louise Round
Partnerships to power local economies
Nigel Hudson and Gary Woodman explain how collaborative co-operation is ensuring Worcestershire has the fastest-growing productivity in the country
A chance for us to rebuild
The region’s cities look to be at the forefront of Northern Ireland’s future following the recent DUP/Tory agreement, as Mark Morrin explains.
Tools of the trade
Local authority trading companies are increasingly popular. Sam Clayden reports on a recent Penna/The MJ event, hearing advice from those authorities leading the charge in the private sector.
Local government has failed to offer a stirring vision of the future
Imagination is needed more than ever in local government, writes Ed Cox.
Local government must fill any vacuum in Westminster
The uncertainty which lies ahead on the national political stage will not prevent local leaders from driving growth, writes Andrew Carter.
Dawn Baxendale: Chiefs have lost their public service raison d’être
Dawn Baxendale speaks to Sam Clayden about how Southampton City Council – and local government as a whole – will be grappling with an increasingly uncertain future
Central government inertia spells opportunities for cities
Central inertia and growing concern about the economy presents real opportunities for city leaders to show their fundamental importance, writes Patrick White.
Re-imagining centuries-old governance models
There is a critical role for authorities to play in unlocking the latent potential of cities, writes David Hutton.
Living the big dream
Despite a rollercoaster history, Thanet BC is working hard to build its local area and improve the economy – including reopening Dreamland, Margate’s historic theme park. Heather Jameson reports.
Why we are celebrating a battle we lost
Alan Jarrett explains how Medway Council is celebrating its history to put the place on the map and progress its ambitious regeneration projects.
The re-balancing act
Cornwall was already making strides to re-shape its economy before the UK voted to leave the EU. One year on, despite the threat of European structural funds vanishing, Kate Kennally says Brexit is a catalyst for progress to continue apace
Finding the right commercial route to survival
Commercialisation is no guaranteed cash cow, says Joe Simpson, but by taking a few lessons from the markets, councils may not only survive, but thrive.
To cut the arts or not to cut the arts? There is no question
Arts, culture and heritage are often among the first services to be scrapped, but John O'Brien highlights their importance not just for residents and visitors but for budgets, too.
A new deal
Paul Watson argues any spending concessions the DUP attempts to extract as part of a deal with the Conservatives should be mirrored across the UK, in regions and in local government.
Scottish Government responds to councils' campaign
The Scottish Government has said a new bill will meet the needs of its island communities.