• Interim Newport chief wins permanent role

    04 August 2020

    Newport City Council has appointed Beverly Owen as its new permanent chief executive.

  • To the moon and back

    30 July 2020

    The model for getting a man on the moon is a good one for the post COVID world of local government, even if councils don’t have the same open-ended budget, says Blair McPherson.

  • Why don't we have the powers to fully tackle exploitation?

    24 July 2020

    Deputy mayor of Leicester Cllr Adam Clarke highlights that exploitation in garment factories has been a top council priority, but enforcement calls for more powers.

  • Taking the ethical route to enforcement

    20 July 2020

    Three years ago East Hampshire DC and Havant BC launched their own ethical trading company aimed at improving the environment, says Gill Kneller - and they're delivering a 'seamless and efficient enforcement service'.

  • Our plan to aid economic recovery by reimagining Waltham Forest’s future

    16 July 2020

    Martin Esom says Waltham Forest’s Economic Recovery Action Plan is built around three key phases – and the ambitious plans for housing will not fall by the wayside.

  • Seizing the opportunity to change perceptions

    14 July 2020

    Rebecca Davis looks at how an ambitious initiative across the West Midlands has highlighted the important work of council workers, who are making as much of a difference in their own way as any emergency service

  • Seeking a ray of fiscal hope

    14 July 2020

    Sector experts say the chancellor’s summer statement may ease some pressures on local economies, but does not offer councils any more on funding. Heather Jameson gauges the reaction.

  • Investing in people’s futures now

    14 July 2020

    Disappointed not to have been given a nod last week in the chancellor’s summer statement? Sir Bob Neill says it should be seen as a prologue to the autumn Budget.

  • This is a partial kickstart at best

    14 July 2020

    Tom Stannard says that while the Kickstart job creation scheme is welcome, an inclusive all-ages progression strategy for both young people and working age adults is vital .

  • The chancellor’s measures are ‘putting bread on the table’

    09 July 2020

    In a pre-COVID era, a million people passed through Westminster’s streets every day, says council leader Rachael Robathan. She hopes those who return feel they can do so with confidence.

  • Councils at a crossroads: Local government in a post-COVID world

    09 July 2020

    Looking beyond the pandemic, Nazeya Hussain and other contributors put forward the case for a new local economy and a new trust-based relationship between national, regional and local government.

  • Chancellor confirms £2bn jobs scheme for young people

    08 July 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced a £2bn ‘kickstart scheme’ for jobs to prevent an entire generation of young people being ‘left behind’.

  • Building back greener growth needs a joint effort

    07 July 2020

    It seems that even the business lobby is now on board with devolution, says Heather Jameson - and now 'we will need national, local and regional government working with the private sector to tackle the climate change and the economic crises ahead'.

  • Councils can lead post COVID-19 'inclusive' recovery

    24 June 2020

    Inclusive growth is now ‘out of grasp for the foreseeable future’, but building more inclusive economies is not, according to research published today.

  • Building economies that work for people

    23 June 2020

    IPPR North has been working with the Local Government Association to set out how local government can build inclusive economies. Marcus Johns says bold policy to deliver on this  ‘is the only sustainable way forward’.

  • The Government must act now to stop coronavirus 'levelling down'

    23 June 2020

    Chief executive of Centre for Cities Andrew Carter warns that failure to act could create a situation where the Government oversees a levelling down of the country – not a levelling up.

  • Overcoming the unemployment mountain

    23 June 2020

    The avalanche of unemployment that is soon to hit us needs to soar up the agenda, says Dan Corry. Here he outlines solutions that can help us avoid the worst outcomes.

  • Putting local communities at the heart of the green jobs revolution

    11 June 2020

    Councils are driving the climate change agenda locally, says Cllr Sir Richard Leese. They can be the catalyst for a new green jobs bonanza to help recovery, he adds.

  • No glorious but implausible utopias

    09 June 2020

    Mike Emmerich says we should use the recovery phase to build on what councils have been doing during the emergency – quickly rising to the challenge. Councils need to put concrete ideas on the table, he adds.

  • Dacorum chief executive announces retirement

    08 June 2020

    Sally Marshall has announced her retirement after over 30 years of local government service.