• No accord on levelling up

    By Paul Marinko | May 5, 2021

    An analysis by Localis calls the Government’s Plan for Growth ‘a centralist strategy’ in which ‘the question of devolution is not given much emphasis’. It's not surprising that confidence in the programme seems to be draining away, says Paul Marinko [..]

  • Weighing up the reality of net zero: nemesis or global hero?

    By Heather Jameson | April 27, 2021

    As we approach COP26, The MJ and Local Partnerships gathered a group of council chiefs to talk about net zero and the role of local government. They went from cynicism to optimism – but they all have a passion and a plan for action.

  • Starfish Talent 20 – Place

    April 28, 2021

    In the first of a series of articles, Starfish Search and The MJ showcase some of the top talent in local government, starting with 20 rising stars from the place portfolio of services.

  • Gazing up at the future of community power

    By Ann McGauran | April 27, 2021

    Following on from a three-day event in March, New Local's Building Stronger Things looked at how to put the ideas of the community paradigm into practice locally. Ann McGauran reports.


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