LGA presses to move powers out of London
Moving powers from the capital to the regions is more important than moving civil servants, the chair of the Local Government Association (LGA) has said.
Remove 'adversarial' funding to level up regions
Removing competition from local authority funding is needed to level up the country, a think-tank has concluded in a new report.
Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’
The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.
New enforcement powers expected next week
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham expects the political process to be wrapped up soon after Parliament reconvenes.
Greater Manchester secures £65m lockdown fund
Mayor Andy Burnham has said he expects to get ‘at least’ £65m from the Government to support people affected by tier three coronavirus restrictions.
White van man on... the northern lockdown
I had a right weird dream the other night.
White van man on... mayors
What’s all this stuff about mayors? I mean the foreigners have mayors like in France where there’s thousands of the geezers all in striped sashes and singing The Marseillaise on 14 July, or in the States where they all have huge bellies and chew gum.
Leaders still left out of lockdown talks as PM plans three-tier restrictions
Government’s commitment to engaging with local leaders over their COVID strategy has failed to halt repeated reports of councils finding out their fate through media reports.
Lack of consultation puts lockdowns ‘at risk’
An appeal has been made for the Government to negotiate with the sector over proposals for three tiers of lockdown restrictions.
Mayor 'rejects' government lockdown restrictions
Middlesbrough Mayor, Andy Preston, has said he doesn't accept the new lockdown measures being imposed by the Government as they are based on ignorance and factual inaccuracies.
Mayors snubbed over Towns Fund
Ministers ignored advice to consult mayors during the controversial selection process for the Towns Fund, MPs have been told.
Call for Cobra meeting with regional leaders
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has pressed for a Cobra meeting with leaders from the English regions and devolved governments.
4 wheel drive woman on... counties
Gosh Tarquin, all this to-ing and fro-ing between London and the Home Counties really is a bit of a bind.
Row over lockdown easing
Political tensions have risen over the lifting of local lockdown restrictions in Greater Manchester.
Tees Valley mayor adds support to Yorks reorganisation
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen has added his support for a reorganisation and devolution in neighbouring North Yorkshire.
Government makes exam grades U-turn
The education secretary has bowed to public pressure and announced students will receive teacher-assessed grades.
Mayor takes legal action over A-levels
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham is to begin legal proceedings against the exams watchdog over its handling of A-level results.
Councils ‘disempowered and sidelined’
Councils should be given responsibility for the coronavirus test and trace system, a group of experts has recommended.
MPs urge new approach to local lockdowns
Lockdowns of individual towns have been advocated by MPs in a row over the response to the coronavirus crisis in Greater Manchester.
Councillors in south east reject metro mayors, says poll
Seven out of ten councillors in the South East of England are against plans for metro mayors, a poll has revealed.