Councils urged to consider social value more strategically
Local authorities should assign a senior leadership role focused on delivering social value at both an operational and political level, a new report suggested today.
The people with the plan
Barking and Dagenham LBC is now three years into a change programme that puts people at its heart. Heather Jameson talks to chief executive Chris Naylor on the story so far.
Central-local relations at 'all-time low' - study
The relationship between Whitehall and councils has broken down, with local leaders feeling ‘disrespected and marginalised,’ according to a think-tank behind a major new report published today.
Redressing the balance
Localis’s report Hitting reset – a case for local leadership puts the argument for a complete transfer of powers from Whitehall to the local state. Ann McGauran reports
Delivering on the cities challenge
Cities face the huge task of boosting their economies and creating places where all can thrive post-Brexit. Chief executives from some of the UK’s largest cities joined a round table debate with PwC and Core Cities to discuss progress.
Northern Power Towns have found a voice
Several key towns along the M6 corridor should be brought together to co-ordinate their planning and development, because they have a crucial part to play in the Northern Powerhouse story, says Steven Broomhead
How to drive place-leadership in uncertain times
When shaping the future for local areas, early cross-party and cross-chamber engagement and strong leadership are fundamental to achieving a shared vision and project stability, says Sheila Oxtoby
Government ‘must deliver on Brexit promise’
The leaders of the UK’s less developed regions are seeking a guarantee from the Government that they will not lose out on vital economic development funding due to leaving the EU, says leader of Cornwall Council Adam Poynter
'Productivity deals' with big business needed to jump-start local economies
Councils should strike ‘productivity deals’ with the biggest businesses in their region to ensure residents benefit from private sector growth, a new report urged today.
Call for place-based Spending Review
The Treasury should develop a new national place-based Spending Review, the independent Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) charity has argued.
Future Forum North: Sector ‘divided and ruled,’ claims Leeds chief
Leeds City Council's chief executive has issued a rallying cry for local government to come together to celebrate its achievements.
Where next for the Northern Powerhouse?
The current Northern Powerhouse debate is based on a very conventional model of economic growth. Sarah Longlands believes the North can carve out a more progressive economic trajectory.
Mid-sized cities’ common ground
Cllr Peter Box highlights the findings of the Key Cities Group report on the challenges and the benefits which can be achieved by the UK’s 20 mid-sized cities.
WMCA links 'cranes to communities' with new growth unit
The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has created a new inclusive growth unit in a bid to boost opportunities for residents.
Andy Street: Championing the West Midlands
Mayor Andy Street believes the West Midlands is experiencing an economic revival, but if all communities are going to share in that success, he needs more support from the Government. Sam Clayden reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.