• Ministers to make more changes to debt rules

    12 April 2024

    Ministers are poised to impose immediate further changes to local government debt rules – including stricter in-year reporting of unpaid loan repayments due to town halls.

  • Smarter spend will get Britain building again

    13 March 2024

    Stephen Muers says policymakers must ‘spend smarter’ to tackle the temporary housing crisis, and he proposes a solution to the funding gap.

  • We don’t need a Lyons’ 2.0

    06 March 2024

    With the seminal 2007 Lyons Review in focus, Ben Franklin and Annabel Smith look at why place-shaping has captured the zeitgeist and argue local government does not need another review, and should instead 'get on and do it'.

  • Getting Britain building again

    06 March 2024

    The Purposeful Finance Commission’s recommendation that businesses raise a target of £22.5m to help unblock urban infrastructure projects is an investment rather than a cost, says Tracy Blackwell.

  • Economic growth with local talent at the fore

    20 February 2024

    With 22,000 civil service jobs moving out of London there are real opportunities for local authorities to work with the Government Property Agency to kickstart economic growth. Alan Whitelaw explains.

  • Teesworks inquiry finds no evidence of ‘corruption’

    30 January 2024

    An inquiry into accusations of corruption relating to the Teesworks scheme has found no evidence of ‘illegality’ but ‘transparency’ concerns remain.

  • £2.9bn private investment in freeports says Gove

    10 January 2024

    Michael Gove has said new freeports have attracted £2.9bn of investment and created 6,000 jobs since they were established in 2022.

  • Social care career reforms ‘only scratch the surface’

    10 January 2024

    The Government today announced new measures to improve the career prospects of social care staff but concerns remain that this ‘may only scratch the surface’ of the workforce crisis.

  • Awakening of a sleeping giant

    10 January 2024

    Ambition, opportunities and green technologies. South Derbyshire DC has huge potential and is working to unleash it. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Is this the end of innovation?

    10 January 2024

    Is there a tendency among council members to play it safe and avoid risks? Norse Group and The MJ brought together chief executives and senior managers from across local government to ask if innovation is now a thing of the past for councils. Paul Marinko reports.

  • Telford’s tale of success

    11 December 2023

    Deals galore and wise investment is breathing new life into ‘new town’ Telford, as Cllr Lee Carter explains.

  • West Yorkshire’s economic promise

    11 December 2023

    West Yorkshire will host one of the Government’s investment zones. Andrew Vaux speaks to political and business leaders about what it means for the region.

  • Levelling up’s showbiz touch

    11 December 2023

    Last week’s Chanel fashion spectacle in Manchester was a global triumph for the city, but addressing regional inequalities still remains a huge challenge for the next Government, says Michael Burton.

  • Local leaders need the tools to implement systemic solutions

    11 December 2023

    Devolution of council tax and business rates, coupled with central Government infrastructure investment to underpin growth, would give local leaders the ability to genuinely invest in their cities’ futures, says Claire Kober.

  • NCASC: Social care 'doing a good job' getting investment

    30 November 2023

    Those working in adult social care are ‘already doing a very good job at getting investment and commitments to reform’, according to government minister Helen Whately.

  • Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled

    22 November 2023

    More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

  • Greens push for divestment

    20 October 2023

    There will be a greater push for divestment in the local government pension scheme (LGPS) after the Greens made a record 200 seat gains this year, a senior councillor has predicted.

  • Realising the UK’s economic potential

    18 October 2023

    Solace is calling for a strengthened local government role in relation to improving the country’s economic prospects. Amy Harhoff explains.

  • LGPS: Pooling should start from the bottom up

    05 October 2023

    The future of the Local Government Pension Scheme depends not just on investment efficiencies but on getting the relationship between employers and their funds right, says Steve Simkins.

  • Cities must be seen as an asset to be creatively invested in

    03 October 2023

    At the heart of the UK Urban Futures Commission report is a belief in the power and potential of cities and the people who live in them, says Marvin Rees.