Economic growth

  • A landmark year for Waltham Forest

    14 January 2020

    In 2019 Waltham Forest LBC became the first Mayor of London Borough of Culture - and won The MJ’s Local Authority of the Year category in the annual awards. Cllr Clare Coghill and Martin Esom talk to Michael Burton about the council's achievement.


  • Building thriving towns

    14 January 2020

    Adur DC and Worthing BC are taking a stake in their local economies to catalyse investment in their places, based on establishing firm foundations to help local communities thrive, writes Martin Randall.


  • OECD will say our over-centralised system holds places back

    14 January 2020

    Core Cities has commissioned the OECD to put together a new and radical report into putting in place the right policies to enable places to fulfil their potential, says Cllr Judith Blake.


  • How will Brexit impact UK public services?

    09 January 2020

    A area of primary concern for CIPFA is the lack of an economic impact assessment on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal, says Rob Whiteman - and without that we are 'flying blind'.


  • Boston urged to ‘shout loudly’

    02 January 2020

    The council has been told it should be proud of its achievements following a corporate peer challenge by the Local Government Association.


  • Council told to urgently overhaul company

    18 December 2019

    Gloucester City Council’s arms-length market company lacks accountability and clarity of purpose, an independent review has found.


  • Stoke considers EU funding extension application

    16 December 2019

    Stoke-on-Trent City Council is expected to ask for an extension to EU funding to support small businesses.


  • Ringing the changes

    16 December 2019

    Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran on how the Johnson government might seek to tackle the challenges brought by its unexpectedly broad mandate.


  • To achieve inclusive growth we need to avoid 'peashooter' and 'piecemeal' policies

    12 December 2019

    Government, at a very top level, must acknowledge the challenge of inequalities, says executive director of the Institute of Economic Development Nigel Wilcox. But we also need solutions to be developed and delivered with those 'on the ground'.


  • Basildon’s big ambitions

    11 December 2019

    As Basildon’s 70th birthday year comes to an end, Joe Reay says the celebrations provided the perfect opportunity to rebuild the sense of civic pride that’s vital to a successful place.


  • Not a business as usual approach

    11 December 2019

    Metro Dynamics has launched a guide for people working in and with towns that distils what it has learned over the past few years, based on eight principles. Mike Emmerich explains.


  • There’s ‘no single perfect solution’ on 5G

    10 December 2019

    A vibrant and competitive market for ultrafast and gigabit connectivity across the whole of the UK is a must for our future prosperity, says Stuart Murray, partner at UK law firm TLT.


  • Future Forum North: IFS boss praises 'sensible' Labour tax proposals

    06 December 2019

    The director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies has urged whoever is elected next week to look at ‘sensible’ dividend and capital gains tax proposals.


  • Future Forum North: Relationships crucial to successful regeneration

    06 December 2019

    The relationship between councils, developers and funders is crucial to ensuring the success of major regeneration projects.


  • Future Forum North: ‘Lead for the place you are trying to create’

    05 December 2019

    Chief executive of Manchester City Council and SOLACE spokesperson on leadership and learning Joanne Roney has set out a checklist for leading in a time of change and uncertainty.


  • Hull’s proactive approach to housing

    04 December 2019

    Trish Dalby outlines how Hull City Council is meeting housing need through a proactive and partnership approach.


  • Retro-fitting councils around the 21st century

    04 December 2019

    The MJ and BT recently conducted a survey of local authority directors to find out how they believe 5G will affect their organisations. The conclusions formed part of the discussion at a roundtable debate. Martin Ford reports.


  • Tory state aid proposals spark controversy

    02 December 2019

    Questions have been raised over plans to loosen state aid rules post-Brexit under a Conservative government.


  • Ensuring our places’ success

    27 November 2019

    The Sustainable Growth Index rankings reflect a dominant focus on economic growth over the past 20 years, says Rob Turner. He provides a checklist for ensuring strong economic performance goes hand-in-hand with broader measures of success.


  • Too many blurred lines

    26 November 2019

    It is ‘small wonder economic development has failed to deliver in so many places’, says Nigel Wilcox. His message to a future government is that a confusing landscape needs simplified – and combined authorities seem to provide the best solution.