Northern Powerhouse

  • Northern Power Towns have found a voice

    30 April 2019

    Several key towns along the M6 corridor should be brought together to co-ordinate their planning and development, because they have a crucial part to play in the Northern Powerhouse story, says Steven Broomhead


  • Report urges levy on Northern Powerhouse firms

    26 April 2019

    The councils that make up the Northern Powerhouse should be allowed to levy additional business rates to rejuvenate their communities, a think-tank has urged.


  • Berry encourages more councils to back east Lancashire unitary

    12 March 2019

    Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has suggested east Lancashire unitary plans would stand a better chance of succeeding if they were backed by every council.


  • Merseyside combined authority announces first precept

    18 January 2019

    The Liverpool city region combined authority is to levy a council tax precept for the first time.


  • Onwards and upwards

    16 January 2019

    Ann McGauran looks at the potential implications of a further empowered North of England, as suggested by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry


  • NLGN welcomes minister's support for devolving tax-raising powers

    14 January 2019

    Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry’s support for devolving tax-raising powers to the regional level has been welcomed by the New Local Government Network (NLGN).


  • Anderson quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership in frustration

    10 December 2018

    Former chancellor George Osborne has voiced sympathy with Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.


  • Doing it for themselves

    21 November 2018

    Leaders from across the North may have rated last week’s meeting with the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry as a positive one - but the region is focusing now on ‘what we can do ourselves to make a real difference’. Hiba Mahamadi reports


  • Powerhouses must work for people too

    21 November 2018

    In our talk of powerhouses the focus is so often on physical infrastructure, writes Jo Miller - but she reminds us that while this is vital we must also move the discussion onto thinking about people and communities too.


  • Convention of the North to press minister for more devolved powers

    13 November 2018

    Further devolved powers including over transport and skills training have been urged by a coalition of northern leaders.


  • Northern Powerhouse experiences ‘building boom’

    26 September 2018

    Northern cities are leading a British ‘building boom’, according to a new study on where and in which sectors development is taking place.


  • The North finds its voice

    19 September 2018

    On 6 September I attended the first Convention of the North in Newcastle. This was an historic gathering of political, civic and business leaders from across the North, in the Baltic Galleries on the banks of the Tyne and a fitting venue in which to forge a new spirit of collaboration.


  • Where next for the Northern Powerhouse?

    24 July 2018

    The current Northern Powerhouse debate is based on a very conventional model of economic growth. Sarah Longlands believes the North can carve out a more progressive economic trajectory.


  • Lancashire devolution plan revived

    01 June 2018

    Lancashire's council leaders are looking to revive talks with the Government over a devolution deal more than six months after combined authority negotiations broke down. 


  • Gloria parks up at Marsham Street

    06 April 2018

    The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is not a great place for celeb spotters to lurk.


  • Minister outlines Western Powerhouse plan

    22 January 2018

    Welsh secretary Alun Cairns has outlined plans for a Western Powerhouse similar to local government-linked agreements operating in the north of England and Midlands.


  • Pot calling kettle black?

    18 January 2018

    The question over how much MPs splash out on first-class train travel constantly crops up in written parliamentary questions.


  • Javid proposes compromise over Yorkshire devolution

    21 December 2017

    Communities secretary Sajid Javid has attempted to break Yorkshire's deadlock with a proposal to satisfy supporters of the Sheffield City Region and One Yorkshire devolution.


  • Future Forum North 2018

    29 November 2017

    All the news from our Future Forum North event, which looked at the impact of the financial resilience, leadership, children's services, and much more.


  • Devolution deal will give region 'seat at the table'

    24 November 2017

    A new North of Tyne directly-elected mayor will have powers in housing, planning and skills, the Government has announced.