• Levelling up funding failing to focus on social issues, finds research

    11 January 2022

    Government levelling up funding is failing to focus on social issues and misses targetting crucial problems, according to new research.

  • Road to reform – a blurred vision 

    07 December 2021

    Achieving the Government’s vision for the future of adult social care will take much more investment than is set out on the face of the white paper, says health and social care policy manager at CIPFA Dr Eleanor Roy.

  • 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.

  • Social rent home building drops 12%

    18 November 2021

    Just under 6,000 new social rent homes were delivered in England last year, new Government statistics have revealed.

  • Councils need the tools to tackle climate change

    17 November 2021

    If the Government didn’t quite achieve its aims during COP26, it can still lead by example, harness the profile of the summit and work with councils to tackle climate change on our own doorstep, argues Heather Jameson

  • Call for investment in homelessness data

    08 November 2021

    The head of Whitehall’s ‘what works’ centre on homelessness has called for better data infrastructure to help achieve the end of rough sleeping by 2024.

  • 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.

  • Council firm loses millions of pounds

    02 November 2021

    A property development firm established by Cambridgeshire CC to provide a new revenue stream lost £3.4m last year.

  • Making the most of the Spending Review investment 

    28 October 2021

    Steph Waddell says more investment in the Supporting Families Programme makes good sense – and she proposes three steps to ensure it is deployed in the best way.

  • 'Salford is the world’s best levelling up opportunity’

    26 October 2021

    Tom Stannard talks to Heather Jameson about why connecting communities and levelling up can’t be done just by the council and must involve Government investment in public services.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sunak warned of greater future costs without public service investment

    19 October 2021

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak must swiftly invest in public services hit hardest by the pandemic or face much greater costs down the line, a report has warned.

  • Think-tank in call for wellbeing budgets

    18 October 2021

    The Government should introduce ‘wellbeing budgets’ that look beyond gross domestic product (GDP) to reduce regional health inequalities, a think-tank has urged.

  • Pension fund stands firm on fossil fuel investments

    15 October 2021

    The West Yorkshire Pension Fund (WYPF) has knocked back a call from trustee Kirklees MBC for it to stop investing in firms that produce fossil fuels.

  • Warrington to be hit by statutory recommendation

    04 October 2021

    Auditors are expected to issue a statutory recommendation over Warrington Council’s minimum revenue position (MRP) amid ongoing concern over its investment strategy and financial health.

  • Let LEPs get on with a job we’re doing well

    07 September 2021

    As we build our recovery, it would be a travesty to lose the capability of LEPs just when local communities and businesses need it most, says Mark Bretton.

  • Going for growth in Warwickshire

    07 September 2021

    Warwickshire CC has approved a business case for a £300m economic recovery plan to drive regeneration and support its medium-term financial resilience. Rob Powell explains.

  • Let’s bring a bold policy moment to life

    25 August 2021

    It’s time to seize the opportunity of the Spending Review to level up support for children and families, says chief executive of the Early Intervention Foundation, Dr Jo Casebourne.

  • Tighter planning rules to protect communities from flood risk

    29 July 2021

    Councils should ensure all planning applications made in flood risk areas are referred to ministers for approval under new guidance published today.