• Clause 16 could 'emasculate' districts

    18 May 2022

    The Levelling Up and Regeneration Bill 'makes unacceptable provision to transfer district functions to a county combined authority by regulations', says Ian Miller. The 'howling gap' is the lack of requirement for districts' consent, he adds.

  • The NAO will be paying close attention to the progress of levelling up

    11 May 2022

    Abdool Kara says it is straightforward to direct Government capital and infrastructure cash towards the places the market is not investing in, albeit how such places are prioritised can be contested. It is a harder task for revenue spending.

  • Appetite for construction?

    09 May 2022

    The Levelling Up department’s wish to see a council housebuilding revolution will require an increase in capacity, but also political confidence and professional leadership for managing risk and finance, writes Jonathan Werran.

  • London could lose out if new infrastructure levy is pooled

    03 May 2022

    There is ‘real fear’ London will lose out if the Government decides to replace Section 106 agreements with a nationally-pooled infrastructure levy, a think-tank chief has warned.

  • Future Forum North: Government must take  ‘a much more strategic view’ on funding

    24 March 2022

    Central government needs to adopt a ‘much more strategic’ approach to funding local areas that places less reliance on bids for small pots of cash, says a council chief.

  • Future Forum North: authorities should prepare for big switch-off

    23 March 2022

    Councils must ensure they are prepared for the looming switch-off of copper-based landlines, the Future Forum North has heard.

  • No time like the present to commit to buses

    15 March 2022

    The importance of buses in levelling up cannot be overstated, but political ambition supported by tough funding decisions will required to realise their potential, says Andrew Carter.

  • Wales to consider bringing in tourism tax

    11 February 2022

    A consultation on allowing councils in Wales to launch new tourism taxes will be launched later this year.

  • 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.

  • Pension schemes urged to invest in local economies

    02 February 2022

    Local government pension funds will be targetted to pump billions of pounds into regional economies as part of the new Levelling Up White Paper.

  • Auditors in levelling up warning

    31 January 2022

    The Government’s levelling up plans could be undermined by Whitehall failure to monitor what works when investing in local areas, auditors have warned.

  • Give us the chance to plan ahead

    26 January 2022

    Chief executive of Great Yarmouth BC Sheila Oxtoby outlines the three key things her council is hoping for in 2022, including more freedom to respond to local needs.

  • Getting on with the daily job

    24 November 2021

    Business as usual services must continue at South Lakeland DC with performance kept at the highest levels as local authorities in Cumbria await local government reorganisation and the formation of two new councils, says Lawrence Conway.

  • 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.

  • It's time for a U-turn on rail investment

    22 November 2021

    The Government must commit to delivering the Northern Powerhouse Rail in full, the eastern leg of HS2 to Leeds and vital local transport improvements, or face the anger of a betrayed North, says Dr Arianna Giovannini.

  • HS2 cuts will ‘hold back the north’

    18 November 2021

    Dozens of council leaders have united to tell the Prime Minister the watering down of rail investment will hold back the north.

  • Rising to the biodiversity challenge

    17 November 2021

    James Cross explains what biodiversity net gain, now mandated in the Government’s Environment Bill, means for local planning authorities.

  • To level up we need to invest in the place-based skills of councils

    16 November 2021

    What is the best way to ensure that the Levelling Up Fund actually improves everyday life in the UK, asks Pooja Agrawal of Public Practice.

  • Two out of three councils have no electric vehicle charging point plans, research finds

    04 November 2021

    Two out of three local authorities have no plans in place to install electric vehicle charge points (EVCPs), research has revealed.

  • Don’t forget London in the levelling up debate

    03 November 2021

    A new report by a partnership of eight councils in east London makes the case for levelling up support and provides a compelling evidence base for it, says Cllr Darren Rodwell.