Matter of facts
Preston City Council has an ethical procurement programme aimed at harnessing wealth within the city and the wider county - and a number of councils across the UK are now interested in the approach, says Tamar Reay.
Haringey officers in reserves warning
Officers in Haringey LBC have warned that the Labour administration’s use of £5.5m of reserves to increase funding for children’s and adults social care is unsustainable.
Glasgow City Region advances at pace
The £1.13bn Glasgow City Region City Deal is one of the largest and most advanced in the UK. Kevin Rush outlines the progress being made and how the City Deal is stimulating further growth and investment.
A 'one bid per council' approach to high streets cash holds back collaboration
Allen Graham understands that bids for the Government's planned £675m future high streets fund will be restricted to one per authority - with no mechanism for districts to collaborate by linking bids.
Councils are often best placed to invest in commercial assets
James Cogavin says that while some councils are grabbing the headlines for the size of their investments, councils all across the country are making sensible commitments in their local areas which will benefit their communities.
Manchester commission will promote putting people before profit
Greater Manchester already has a thriving co-operative sector. The launch of the Greater Manchester Co-operative Commission will explore the real opportunities to tackle the issues that affect residents and businesses, says MP Jo Platt.
A new model for housing delivery
There’s a new emphasis on the public sector leading delivery to meet housing demand – but how can councils meet the challenge? Caroline Green says the answer lies in working with the private sector’s capacity and capital to build homes faster
Mayoral Development Corporation proposed for Stockport
Greater Manchester Combined Authority has put forward proposals to form a Mayoral Development Corporation (MDC) in Stockport.
For UK cities cryptocurrency is the post-Brexit remedy
CEO of technology company Colu Amos Meiri argues that a blockchain-based cryptocurrency can be the basis for encouraging socially-minded behaviour across cities, 'the very kind of actions required to heal a post-Brexit UK'.
Regeneration project to continue despite costs doubling to £193m
Birmingham City Council has received the green light to borrow £50m to continue a flagship regeneration project after costs doubled.
Councils buying up shopping centres in a bid to boost the high street
Councils have spent more than £800m buying shopping centres in the past three years, according to figures from commercial property firm Knight Frank.
Building without the battles
While 2018 saw community resistance to regeneration projects, Colin Crooks believes there are some signs of optimism for the growing regeneration activity in 2019
Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village – a great start to the race to completion
Planning permission has been secured for the flagship Village for athletes taking part in the Birmingham 2022 Commonweath Games. This council-led regeneration project has made three years’ progress in just 364 days, say Ian Ward and Waheed Nazir.
Place and the future of the social sector
A group of national charities, think tanks, social infrastructure and umbrella organisations have come together to advocate and begin to campaign for a shift in thinking towards more meaningful forms of place-based social change and transformation.
Court of Appeal Faraday Judgment: An amber light for unprocured development joint ventures
The Faraday judgment does not mean that councils cannot proceed with unprocured development schemes but it does mean that they should do so with robust legal justification, say Helen Randall and Kavita Roy of Trowers & Hamlins LLP
Let’s develop a Team Midlands approach
For years the regions looked at the success of Greater Manchester as a benchmark, but in a short space of time the West Midlands has learned to replicate this approach, boosted by the cross-party appeal of Andy Street, says Simon Dale.
Birmingham councillors not told about soaring Paradise costs
The runaway costs of a flagship redevelopment in the centre of Birmingham were not revealed to councillors, a report has revealed.
Call for PPP 'reset'
A strong leadership role from local government is essential for ensuring the success of regeneration schemes involving the public and private sector, a new report has argued.
The finite capacity of civil society
How much capacity has civil society got to absorb the increased demands on its financial and human resources, asks Sarah Longlands
Winner’s quest to build on success
As The MJ launches its 2019 awards Michael Burton reports on how winning the 2018 Local Authority of the Year category this year made an impact on Blackburn with Darwen Council