Croydon to get directly-elected mayor
Croydon LBC will be run by a directly-elected mayor after the vast majority of voters backed the move in a referendum.
Mayors key to rebuilding red wall
Labour will look to local government to spearhead its attempts to return to power at Westminster.
CCN chair's devo pledge
The new chair of the County Councils’ Network (CCN) said unitarisation is ‘dead’ as the Government promises deeper devolution with more mayoralties.
Council's deputy leader falls victim to nuclear waste row
Hartlepool Council’s Cllr Mike Young has resigned after meeting the body behind a planned radioactive waste facility.
It was #Yorkshire Day at the weekend, in case readers were not aware.
Combined authorities lack ‘maturity’
A metro mayor has said combined authorities are not ready to take on new powers.
Right to Buy-back fund launched
London boroughs are to receive funding to purchase former council homes on the private market.
'No appetite for fiscal devo,' says pollster
There is no public appetite for fiscal devolution, according to leading pollster Ben Page.
Mayors demand fiscal freedoms
The Government has been urged to go further with devolving powers to existing combined authorities.
Devolution key to tackling health inequalities, report finds
Sir Michael Marmot has said increased funding and far-reaching new powers must be devolved to reduce regional inequalities in England.
Sturgeon and Burnham in travel ban spat
Political leaders in Scotland and Greater Manchester have been involved in angry exchanges following the imposition of a travel ban.
Regional mayors should make their voices heard
Heather Jameson says the Government has created strong regional mayors to represent their own places and they should 'now let them roar'.
You got the look...
Diary was pleased to hear that Cllr David Kelsey has been elected as Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole Council’s new mayor.
Metro mayors’ mission is clear
Arianna Giovannini considers the results of the metro mayors’ elections and what they tell us about the ‘devolution revolution’ promised by former chancellor George Osborne in 2014.
Localism is important to the electorate
Janice Morphet looks at the electoral response to the management of the pandemic in England, and considers what the results mean for future devolution.
Devolved potential in Cornwall is under threat from central Government inertia
Sarah Longlands says that unlike the ‘hero’ style approach of the mayors elsewhere, Cornish devolution has been characterised by collaborative leadership. But lack of Government action is putting devolved potential at risk, she believes.
Local elections 2021: Look behind the big story
A closer look at the Super Thursday outcomes reveals a series of more complex stories, and suggests a centrally-driven levelling up agenda would be an error, says Jonathan Carr West.
Population figures ignored local evidence
A watchdog has found official population growth statistics used to agree housing targets may have been overestimated.
Local elections 2021: Voters back mayors in referendums
Tower Hamlets and Newham LBCs have both voted to keep the post of directly-elected mayor in referendums run alongside the local elections.
English elections 2021: Conservatives make gains across country
The Conservatives have taken control of 13 more councils in England in last week's local elections.