Levelling up

  • Nandy claims Government levelling up approach in 'disarray'

    06 December 2021

    The shadow communities secretary Lisa Nandy has claimed the Government’s approach to levelling up is in disarray amid reports the White Paper has been delayed.


  • LGA concerns over devolution approach

    02 December 2021

    Senior figures from the Local Government Association (LGA) have raised concerns about Westminster’s approach to devolution.


  • Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig need to cut Peppa Pig some slack

    01 December 2021

    Did the secretary of state Michael Gove signal last week that some functions or powers are going to be stripped away from districts and gifted to elected mayors, asks Ian Miller.


  • Focusing on the future for counties and unitaries

    01 December 2021

    Chairman of the County Councils' Network Cllr Tim Oliver says he 'could not fail to be quietly impressed about the energy and determination of our member councils to tackle the incoming challenges head-on' at his organisation's annual conference.


  • Levelling up – how to negotiate the challenges ahead

    01 December 2021

    Local Partnerships will host a lunchtime webinar to look at how councils can get maximum leverage though schemes with private partners and deliver projects that can be the catalyst for further investment.


  • The future of Local Enterprise Partnerships

    30 November 2021

    The Government’s 'collective amnesia' on past successes and failures must not harm desired economic development outcomes, says executive director of the Institute of Economic Development Nigel Wilcock.


  • Osborne urges ministers to 'double' devolution efforts

    30 November 2021

    Former chancellor George Osborne has urged ministers to ‘double’ efforts to drive forward devolution and local taxation.


  • County deals: nothing new under the sun

    29 November 2021

    As we move towards county-wide deals, we need to ensure that they are built on true collaboration with equal representation across the tiers, argues Trevor Holden.


  • Selling Stoke’s narrative

    24 November 2021

    Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Cllr Abi Brown, talks to Heather Jameson about her journey to the top and what she has learned about winning red wall seats.


  • Why stewardship and regeneration go hand-in-hand

    24 November 2021

    Why has Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council become one of the first local authorities to adopt the stewardship model for its own new place-making company? Cllr Philip Broadhead explains.


  • Time to turn down levelling up?

    24 November 2021

    The Government’s decisions to scrap the Leeds leg of HS2 and amend the social care cap have both been accused of contradicting the spirit of levelling up. Michael Burton wonders whether the phrase is becoming an albatross for ministers.


  • CCN conference: LEPs look set to be scrapped

    22 November 2021

    Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) look set to be scrapped after levelling up secretary Michael Gove indicated his preference for a more accountable system to the County Councils’ Network conference today.


  • CBI calls for role in levelling up

    22 November 2021

    Regional strategies should be formulated with the private sector having a role to play, said director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Tony Danker.


  • 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.


  • Levelling up locally to bridge the divides

    17 November 2021

    What kind of plan should the levelling up White Paper set out, and where will urban leaders and their cities fit in? Paul Swinney lists the new programmes required.


  • Skills to even out life’s opportunities

    17 November 2021

    We can’t hope to level up until we build on the Spending Review cash pledges and fundamentally reform the skills and apprenticeship system, writes Sir Paul Carter.


  • Getting our economies growing

    17 November 2021

    Focused on levelling up, finance, social care, local economies, climate change and the ongoing challenge of coronavirus, the CCN 2021 Conference will feature key speakers from the heart of Government and the sector, writes Cllr Tim Oliver.


  • Will funding land next month to help levelling up?

    17 November 2021

    Councils will await with interest December’s annual financial settlement to see where funding lands at the local level, says Paul O'Brien. Will this signify the beginning of significant attempts at levelling up, he asks.


  • Ring-fenced funds are not well suited to the roaring demand challenges of the twenties

    16 November 2021

    By doing away with ring-fences all together, local partners would be freed up to collaborate and share more power and resource directly with communities, argues Jessica Studdert.