• Sector urged not to give up on health devolution

    13 April 2021

    The sector should not give up on securing future health devolution deals despite the Government’s ‘centralising tendency,’ experts have urged.

  • Think-tank calls for reform of 'regressive' council tax in Scotland

    12 April 2021

    Council tax in Scotland should be increased to the same levels as the rest of the UK, a think-tank has argued today.

  • Back where you started

    16 March 2021

    We are 'finally starting to see through the fog of rhetoric on levelling up', says Sarah Longlands. What's emerging reveals the only winner from the competition prescription is central government, she adds.

  • The chancellor must go beyond warm words

    02 March 2021

    Director of IPPR North Sarah Longlands poses three core questions for chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of this week's Budget, including: 'Who does he want to 'level up'?

  • Levelling Up Fund to feature rapid bid process

    23 February 2021

    The £4bn cross-departmental Levelling Up Fund will feature a rapid bid process, with all projects having to be completed before the next General Election, The MJ understands.

  • Levelling up begins with housing

    06 October 2020

    Cities like Manchester need more say in shaping housing policy, with proper powers and resources to tackle the homes crisis, says Jonathan Webb.

  • The restructure we require is not to be found in our town halls

    08 September 2020

    The devolution White Paper will reveal Boris Johnson's 'northern growth body'. But this will have a fatal flaw as its creator is Whitehall, writes Sarah Longlands.

  • Councils urged to take on data firms

    05 August 2020

    Councils should acquire and make use of digital data for the benefit of communities and challenge the dominance of big tech companies, a new report has argued.

  • Plan, plan and plan again!

    14 July 2020

    Sarah Longlands argues that 'if we really want to build back better, creating decent homes and communities in which to live, then good strategic planning is part of the solution, rather than a scapegoat for politicians'.

  • Councils can lead post COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery

    24 June 2020

    Inclusive growth is now ‘out of grasp for the foreseeable future’, but building more inclusive economies is not, according to research published today.

  • Building economies that work for people

    23 June 2020

    IPPR North has been working with the Local Government Association to set out how local government can build inclusive economies. Marcus Johns says bold policy to deliver on this  ‘is the only sustainable way forward’.

  • Inclusive growth is key to local wealth

    23 June 2020

    Sir Richard Leese outlines the three ways councils can leverage their influence to bring about inclusive economic growth. But they ‘cannot shoulder this burden alone’, he adds.

  • Think tank calls for £100bn investment in the North's nature

    01 June 2020

    The Government has been urged by a think tank to invest up to £100bn over the next 25 years to create a plan for nature in the North of England.

  • IPPR calls for pay parity for care workers

    23 April 2020

    Healthcare could face a staffing crisis after it was revealed on in five healthcare professionals are more likely to leave following the pandemic.

  • Now is not the time for Westminster to tighten its centralising grip

    25 March 2020

    Reducing the spread of the virus requires Westminster to loosen the reins of power and to trust decision-makers in local and combined authorities to know what is right for their communities, argues Sarah Longlands.

  • Budget 2020: Flood-hit areas to share £200m defence fund

    11 March 2020

    The money will go to 25 areas based on criteria including repeated flooding.

  • Devolution is still driven by a 'divide and rule' ethos

    28 January 2020

    The North needs to be empowered and fairly funded, so it can take control of its own future and prosper. This isn’t radical, it’s essential – for the North and for the country, says Arianna Giovannini.

  • Brown calls for 'constitutional revolution'

    21 January 2020

    Gordon Brown has called for a ‘constitutional revolution,’ with a series of citizens’ assemblies and a forum for mayors and regional leaders to shape change.

  • 'Emphasis on devolution' promised under a Conservative government

    29 November 2019

    Devolution is likely to be back on the priority agenda should the Conservatives win the next general election according to the former No 10 chief of staff to Theresa May.

  • A vote for change

    20 November 2019

    Local government calls for ‘radical change’ and ‘genuine devolution’ increased this week as political parties prepared to unveil their General Election manifestos.