• Plugging the net zero funding gap

    20 October 2021

    The UK Climate Change Investment Commission is developing a radical place-based offer to private finance, says Alison Griffin - and it estimates in the core cities and London boroughs alone there is potential for up to £500m worth of investment.

  • Improving flood resilience together

    12 October 2021

    Giles Stevens says the National Infrastructure Commission is awaiting details of how the national indicators to monitor flooding trends being developed by the Government will work in practice. Avoiding the challenges is not an option, he adds.

  • Michael Gove sets out his stall for levelling up

    06 October 2021

    Michael Burton says the vision levelling up secretary Michael Gove touched on for the policy at the Conservative Party Conference implies the need for more resources if necessary - 'which may not please the chancellor'.

  • Councils need funding certainty

    05 October 2021

    London’s local services face pressures of up to £2bn over the Spending Review period, says Cllr Darren Rodwell. The chancellor must empower councils to tackle the most momentous challenges we face today, he argues.

  • Future Forum: Reeves lays into levelling up

    29 September 2021

    Coventry City Council’s chief executive Martin Reeves has launched a stinging attack on the rhetoric surrounding the levelling up agenda.

  • Penna view: The demand for levelling up talent is rising

    27 September 2021

    As the focus on levelling up in amplified, Pete John says the demand to fill regeneration and place roles is high.

  • Government advisers press for funding overhaul

    22 September 2021

    The body charged with advising ministers on infrastructure has said competitive funding pots should be replaced.

  • Streamlining funding – the common sense approach

    19 September 2021

    Streamlining the current host of funding streams into just two would be a more sensible way of levelling up transport investment across towns, says Bridget Rosewell.

  • Here we go again on planning

    15 September 2021

    Will the imminent Government planning proposals be the reforms that end all reforms, asks Steve Quartermain.

  • Levelling up too focused on infrastructure, claims report

    14 September 2021

    Ministers’ ‘levelling up’ agenda is too focused on new infrastructure projects at the expense of improving key public services, councils representing English towns and cities have warned.

  • Council leader warns of 'serious risks' over local plan withdrawal

    07 September 2021

    Rutland CC’s decision to withdraw its local plan leaves it facing ‘serious risks,’ the authority’s own leader has warned.

  • Levelling up is taking shape

    10 August 2021

    A White Paper aimed at boosting local recoveries is expected later this year. Three strategic economic opportunities in the East Midlands represent what levelling up and building back better are all about, says Richard Carr.

  • Levelling up should focus on wellbeing, says report

    04 August 2021

    The levelling up agenda should focus on improving economic and social wellbeing rather than infrastructure according to new research from the UK Prosperity Index 2021.

  • We need the tools to make land owners and developers build

    02 August 2021

    The Government should bring forward the Planning Bill in draft form so it is subject to pre-legislative scrutiny, according to chair of the Local Government Association Cllr James Jamieson.

  • UK should emulate Biden - Marmot

    09 July 2021

    Public health expert Sir Michael Marmot has urged the Government to follow the lead of US President Joe Biden to level up the UK.

  • Transforming Glasgow into a world-class smart city

    23 June 2021

    Cllr Angus Millar explains how a new single-supplier contract for a full fibre network marks a huge step forward in delivering significant benefits to Glasgow – giving the council cutting-edge technological capability.

  • County poised to reject £15m grant

    18 June 2021

    Senior Leicestershire CC councillors are poised to turn down £15m of Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) cash because the project represents ‘too great a financial risk’.

  • 'Project speed' gains pace in Cornwall

    08 June 2021

    As part of ‘project speed’, Cornwall Council is reviewing its capital and investment project process to ensure each part is as efficient as it can be without losing the integrity of a sound, value for money decision, says Tracie Langley.

  • Planning centre of excellence proposed

    03 June 2021

    The recommendation is part of proposals to improve the planning process in a report by infrastructure project consultancy Nichols.

  • County leader in planning power grab

    17 May 2021

    A council leader has called for counties to be given planning powers for ‘big infrastructure’ as he seeks to break the deadlock with a district.