Right time for the Western Powerhouse
Lord Kerslake says the launch of the Western Powerhouse complements the Northern Powerhouse and the Midlands Engine and sets out a programme of action to address the growing inequalities between London and the wider South East and the rest of the UK
A more ambitious devo agenda should have local government at its core
Local authorities are the backbone of democracy and should be at the core of the next phase of devolution, writes Arianna Giovannini. These principles should be ingrained in the devolution framework, she believes.
Only devolution can protect public services from years of Brexit chaos
Andrew Laird argues that only a renewed and rapid drive to devolve power to cities and local areas can protect local public services from years of Brexit inspired central government inaction and chaos.
Think-tank finds austerity holding back Northern Powerhouse
Increased devolution is needed to ensure the success of the agenda, the IPPR North think-tank has argued.
Reimagining Leeds’ hub regeneration
Leeds Integrated Station Masterplan (LISM), is one example of how a city council is taking a forward-thinking approach, says Jamie Kerr.
Northern Power Towns have found a voice
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
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
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
The Liverpool city region combined authority is to levy a council tax precept for the first time.
Onwards and upwards
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
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
Former chancellor George Osborne has voiced sympathy with Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.
Doing it for themselves
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
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
Further devolved powers including over transport and skills training have been urged by a coalition of northern leaders.
Northern Powerhouse experiences ‘building boom’
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
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?
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
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
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) is not a great place for celeb spotters to lurk.