• Regeneration must get on its bike

    07 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran sets out what is needed during the next political cycle if regeneration is to be successful, including a return to regional spatial planning.

  • Local funding reform key to growth agenda, says report

    03 May 2024

    The next government must relinquish centralised control to realise ambitions for growth, a report concluded today.

  • 1984 and all that

    30 April 2024

    Forty years from the passing of the Rates Act, how relevant are the provisions designed to give central government control over the governance of local taxation and expenditure, asks Jonathan Werran.

  • LGA lobbied over income tax devolution amid White Paper preparations

    22 April 2024

    The Local Government Association’s (LGA) White Paper should make the case for councils to receive a share of income tax, sector experts have urged.

  • Making strategic spatial planning successful

    11 April 2024

    In Localis’s new essay collection, Catriona Riddell looks at developing agreement on housing supply: aligning community engagement and strategic spatial planning.

  • Building consent

    08 April 2024

    As Localis publishes an essay collection looking at how homes and developments may be built in harmony with existing communities, Jonathan Werran considers the history of housing and planning.

  • Think-tank's call for landfill tax devolution

    02 April 2024

    A think-tank has called for a portion of the proceeds from landfill tax to be devolved to councils.

  • Governing the local AI revolution

    13 March 2024

    A nuanced approach to governance is needed to successfully navigate the challenge of integrating AI within local authorities, say Amardeep Gill and Jonathan Werran.

  • Tacking the scourge of waste crime

    12 March 2024

    Government should introduce an intermediate tax band to bridge the gap between standard and lower rates of landfill tax, reducing the incentive for misclassification of waste, says Jonathan Werran.

  • Where is fiscal devolution?

    13 February 2024

    In the first of a series of articles on what the next government could learn from the Lyons Review, Jonathan Werran suggests fiscal freedom could unlock growth to bring in more cash for the Treasury.

  • London Councils eyes apprenticeship levy devolution

    09 October 2023

    London Councils has named securing devolution of the apprenticeship levy to its boroughs to fund skills and employment activity as a key short-term priority.

  • Growth battlelines

    03 October 2023

    Rishi Sunak has launched a towns plan, while a new report says bringing UK cities up to the productivity levels of their European peers could deliver a massive dividend. But is there a better way that helps all towns and cities? Heather Jameson reports.

  • Throw a lifeline – business rates reform and high streets renewal

    02 October 2023

    A fringe panel event in Liverpool next week will focus thinking on what system of business taxation for local government a Labour Government could put in place, says Jonathan Werran.

  • Perfect place

    22 September 2023

    Jonathan Werran reports from a policy event that teased out how lessons from the past could indicate what reform towards single placemaking budgets might offer.

  • LGA bids for tax hike control

    25 August 2023

    The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for tax hikes on second homes to be locally controlled rather than mandated from Westminster.

  • Sector to step up anti-mayor lobbying

    01 August 2023

    The sector is to step up its lobbying for the Government to use its King’s Speech to end its fixation on elected leaders, The MJ understands.

  • Placemaking budgets should combine capital pots with revenue, says report

    04 July 2023

    Ministers should combine revenue and capital pots into a single placemaking budget to fund neighbourhood services, according to a new report.

  • Level measures

    04 July 2023

    Localis’s research into the potential for public service integration to underpin the delivery of levelling up in neighbourhoods offers a modern policy route to future reform. Jonathan Werran explains.

  • 'No progress' on devolution to London

    21 June 2023

    The capital appears to have ‘taken a step backwards’ on devolution, a former chair of London Councils has said.

  • Neighbourhood services key to community cohesion

    22 May 2023

    The next Government has been urged to fund councils to carry out basic neighbourhood services to boost community cohesion.