Fiscal devolution

  • Polling backs councils' fiscal devolution call

    08 August 2022

    Ministers should devolve fiscal powers to councils to boost the UK’s economic recovery, South East Councils (SEC) has urged.

  • Minister tells councils to ‘prioritise when delivering core services'

    30 June 2022

    In a message to the Local Government Association’s annual conference, Treasury minister Simon Clarke, said he was ‘mindful’ that councils would be ‘feeling the pinch’.

  • Unleash wave of mayoral devo, says Onward

    20 June 2022

    A report from the centre-right Onward think-tank has urged the Government to step back from ‘micromanaging’ England’s cities and counties, and unleash a wave of mayoral devolution.

  • Gove: Levelling up will need fiscal devolution

    13 June 2022

    Levelling up will never truly happen without fiscal devolution, Michael Gove has admitted to a group of cross-party MPs.

  • Driscoll urges Labour to back fiscal devolution

    13 June 2022

    North of Tyne’s Labour Mayor Jamie Driscoll has urged his party to back fiscal devolution.

  • Southern comfort

    22 March 2022

    Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran outlines a new report setting a possible future course for local government across South East England in adapting to challenges as diverse as Brexit, climate change, COVID and the Levelling Up White Paper.

  • South East needs 'unified' approach to create a devolution framework

    22 March 2022

    Government must rethink the assumption that directing investment away from an ‘overheated’ South East will ‘cool’ the region and ‘heat’ the rest of the country, a report has warned today.

  • Focusing on fiscal and the value of bottom-up services

    02 March 2022

    According to some big hitter ministers last week, they are open to financial devolution – but the question is: What do you want, and why?, says Heather Jameson.

  • Renewed fiscal devo push

    02 March 2022

    The Government has revealed it is in talks with local areas about extra financial powers as Michael Gove hinted he was pushing for fiscal devolution.

  • Building a new North

    16 February 2022

    What lies ahead for communities across the North after the publication of the Levelling Up White Paper? Ann McGauran reports from the Convention of the North with NP11 Conference.

  • Missions misstep 

    04 February 2022

    When it comes to its 12 missions, the Levelling Up White Paper does not really enable the multiple, bottom up solutions required to deal with the key challenges we face, says Dr Jonathan Carr-West.

  • The Government should push on fast with reorganisation

    13 December 2021

    Anyone looking at bold plans for the future should bite the bullet on reorganisation and get it done fast, advises global chief executive of Ipsos Ben Page.

  • 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.

  • Councils promised tax overhaul

    23 November 2021

    Reform of council tax, including devolved powers for local authorities, are among the plans in a co-operation agreement between Labour and Plaid Cymru in Wales.

  • Levelling up  - slogan or strategy?

    12 November 2021

    If an area is deprived and needs investment it shouldn’t have to pit itself against neighbouring authorities for funding, says Cllr George Duggins.

  • Driscoll backs regional wealth funds

    25 October 2021

    The Government should create regional wealth funds that could borrow hundreds of millions of pounds to invest in firms and create jobs, North of Tyne mayor Jamie Driscoll said in a paper published today.

  • Living in limbo

    20 October 2021

    As delays in confirming the successful bids for Community Renewal Fund cash drag on and councils remain in the dark about the upcoming UK Shared Prosperity Fund, local government leaders are running out of patience. Naomi Larsson reports.

  • MPs call for urgent finance reforms

    19 July 2021

    Councils should be given more flexibility to raise their own taxes and social care funding urgently needs to be reformed, MPs have said.

  • 'No appetite for fiscal devo,' says pollster

    08 July 2021

    There is no public appetite for fiscal devolution, according to leading pollster Ben Page.

  • Reed accuses government of dropping devolution

    07 July 2021

    Shadow communities secretary Steve Reed has accused the Government of dropping its commitment to devolution.