• Post-pandemic planning for the core cities

    May 18, 2022

    Chief executives and directors from the UK’s biggest cities debated their challenges and opportunities in a round table discussion organised by Core Cities UK and The MJ, supported by BT. Paul Marinko reports.

  • MJ Housing: Sector speculates as Gove stands firm over housing

    By Heather Jameson | May 18, 2022

    Despite bold pledges over the housing crisis, Michael Gove has accepted progress will not be as fast as originally planned. The levelling up secretary wants to build more homes – but only while involving local communities behind the developments, [..]

  • Arithmetic matters

    By Ann McGauran | May 18, 2022

    The new director of IPPR North, Zoë Billingham, speaks to Ann McGauran about taking on the role at a time of political and economic turmoil, and gives her verdict on how the Government’s flagship levelling up policy is shaping up.

  • Squaring the circle

    By Ann McGauran | May 11, 2022

    Newly installed Association of Directors of Adult Social Services president Sarah McClinton tells Ann McGauran how she plans to ensure care workers receive the funding they require to do their best.


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