• Arithmetic matters

    18 May 2022

    The new director of IPPR North, Zoë Billingham, speaks to Ann McGauran about taking on the role at a time of political and economic turmoil, and gives her verdict on how the Government’s flagship levelling up policy is shaping up.

  • Leaders to reconsider governance overhaul

    09 May 2022

    Fears have been raised plans to ‘re-establish’ the West of England joint committee could put £600m of funding at risk.

  • Croydon elects Conservative mayor

    08 May 2022

    Croydon LBC has voted in a Conservative mayor, bucking the trend for a shift to the left in the Capital.

  • Former mayor takes Tower Hamlets after elections ban

    06 May 2022

    Lutfur Rahman, has won the Tower Hamlets LBC mayoralty six years after an electoral commissioner removed him from office.

  • Bristol votes to abolish elected mayor

    06 May 2022

    Bristol voters have decided to abolish the city’s directly elected mayor following a referendum.

  • Break for the border!

    03 May 2022

    Diary hears our Australian cousins could soon be giving some pointers on how to emulate renaissance Italy’s city states.

  • The Hunt is on...or is it?

    27 April 2022

    Regular readers will be well aware of Diary’s penchant for county days and flags.

  • Chief warns leaders over governance overhaul

    14 April 2022

    A chief executive has warned council leaders a proposed governance overhaul will put £600m of Government funding at risk.

  • Mayor's meetings with contractors breached constitution

    11 April 2022

    Meetings between Middlesbrough’s Mayor and contractors over the council’s flagship regeneration project were against the council’s constitution, internal auditors have found.

  • No time like the present to commit to buses

    15 March 2022

    The importance of buses in levelling up cannot be overstated, but political ambition supported by tough funding decisions will required to realise their potential, says Andrew Carter.

  • Helping the mayoral medicine go down

    15 March 2022

    There is a willingness to enter into negotiations on a county deal in good faith, but there seems to be a mismatch between our ambition and what may be on offer, says chief executive of Great Yarmouth BC Sheila Oxtoby.

  • Sector must 'step up' the case for devolution

    15 March 2022

    Liverpool’s metro mayor has urged councils offered devolution deals to ‘snap the Government’s hand off’.

  • Talks held on East Midlands combined authority

    15 March 2022

    Proposals for an East Midlands combined authority covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire could be put forward to the Government as part of county deal negotiations.

  • From Russia without love

    08 March 2022

    The road from Moscow to Kyiv passes through Belgravia in Westminster, according to a video that’s going viral this week.

  • Let’s reflect and represent communities’ diversity

    07 March 2022

    This International Women’s Day offers a great chance for local government to reflect on the scale of ambition needed to make itself more representative of the people it stands for, says Erica Roscoe.

  • Gove opposed to mayor referendums

    02 March 2022

    Levelling up secretary Michael Gove has said he is not in favour of putting devolution proposals to public votes.

  • Ministers stand firm on mayors

    22 February 2022

    Council leaders have been told areas negotiating a non-mayoral devolution deal will not be granted any powers beyond those in the Levelling Up White Paper.

  • Devo should not be about what Whitehall is prepared to cede

    22 February 2022

    After nearly a decade of devolution, the Levelling Up White Paper has finally created a blueprint for devolved decision-making. Jessica Studdert calls for less ‘divide and rule’ and more decentralisation.

  • Still no fiscal fix

    09 February 2022

    What is missing from the Levelling Up White Paper, can its targets can be met and how does the Government intend to increase its grip on how local services are doing? Heather Jameson reports.

  • Councils rule out mayoral model

    04 February 2022

    Two areas have already ruled out adopting mayors despite being selected by the Government to be in the first wave of county devolution deals.