• Devolve powers to level up

    20 October 2021

    The panel brought together by the Centre for Progressive Policy think-tank agreed local government needed more powers to make the agenda a success.

  • Government defeated over council involvement in skills plans

    13 October 2021

    The Government has lost a House of Lords vote after peers demanded councils should be involved in drawing up local skills improvement plans.

  • Core Cities' offer is not just a housing opportunity

    13 October 2021

    Core Cities UK's offer to the UK Government to increase annual housing delivery up to a total of 25,000 homes per year, offers not just a housing opportunity, but also a skills, employment, economic and low carbon dividend, says Cllr Nick Forbes.

  • Film and TV sector offers opportunities for growth beyond Hertfordshire

    12 October 2021

    Our Local Enterprise Partnership is proud to be leading the national debate on the future of the Hertfordshire located, globally significant, film and television sector, says Mark Bretton.

  • Fixing social care

    09 September 2021

    Kathryn Smith outlines her main concerns about the Government’s new plans for tackling the crisis in social care and offers her vision for a ‘fully transformed’ system.

  • Going for growth in Warwickshire

    07 September 2021

    Warwickshire CC has approved a business case for a £300m economic recovery plan to drive regeneration and support its medium-term financial resilience. Rob Powell explains.

  • The Paralympics and public procurement for the public good

    06 September 2021

    We need to make sure the principles that drove big set piece investments such as London 2012 are reflected in everyday public spending, says Patrick Thomson from the Shaw Trust Foundation.

  • A charter for good employment

    31 August 2021

    Joanne Roney looks at how collaboration between Metro Mayors and local authorities is focusing on delivering decent working conditions for people.

  • Third of most deprived areas will not benefit from Levelling Up Fund, research finds

    25 August 2021

    More than a third of England’s most deprived areas will not benefit from the Government’s £4.8bn Levelling Up Fund, according to new Salvation Army research released today.

  • The local government workforce: equal by default

    19 August 2021

    The APSE Commission message is clear: we need a well-trained, properly rewarded workforce to meet local public services’ future challenges, says Heather Wakefield.

  • Changing Futures in Westminster

    16 August 2021

    Westminster City Council’s successful bid for a project under the Changing Futures programme will enable more support for young people and moves the borough a step towards its City for All vision says Cllr Heather Acton.

  • Councils urged to prepare digital skills pipeline

    09 August 2021

    Councils should prepare for a surge in the digital skills sector, according to new research by the Local Government Association (LGA).

  • Giving young people a Kickstart in Bucks

    28 July 2021

    Buckinghamshire Council is offering Kickstart placements across all its service directorates to support young people, as part of a much longer-term project, says Cllr Anita Cranmer.

  • 'Growing our own' jobs will require investment in local councils

    27 July 2021

    If Government wants to maximise the bang for its buck in levelling up the country, then it must start investing in local councils and allow them to skill up local people from all backgrounds, argues Paul O'Brien.

  • Coalition calls for reforms to ‘flawed’ apprenticeship levy

    09 July 2021

    The Government has been urged to make urgent reforms to the 'flawed' apprenticeship levy by a coalition by local government and major employers in London.

  • Skills devolution key to levelling up

    05 July 2021

    A panel of experts brought together by the Localis think-tank discussed how to bring about economic growth at a local level.

  • Harnessing the power of data

    23 June 2021

    A skills mapping platform offers local authorities the ability to show central Government and corporations why their place is worth investing in, says Vanessa Tierney.

  • Finding local solutions to the challenges ahead

    16 June 2021

    Councils are uniquely placed to convene and work with local and national partners to address the jobs and skills challenge as the economy opens up, says Sir Richard Leese.

  • Government must get education right to 'level up'

    16 June 2021

    How the Government manages school catch-up policy is closely linked to the levelling up agenda, says Andrew Carter of Centre for Cities. And it needs to ensure it gets education right for both children and adults, he adds.

  • Why women lose out in the workforce

    11 June 2021

    Women were already off to an unequal start before the pandemic. Now the clock could be turned back even further, says the Centre for Progressive Policy. Ann McGauran investigates.