Jonathan Werran

Jonathan Werran

Jonathan Werran is head of news at Localis
  • Regeneration must get on its bike

    07 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran sets out what is needed during the next political cycle if regeneration is to be successful, including a return to regional spatial planning.

  • Sweet oblivion

    07 May 2024

    The election results should give greater purchase for pushing through Rachel Reeves' take on industrial strategy and addressing the continued national productivity failure, says Jonathan Werran.

  • Can mayoral polls help Tories buck their losing trend?

    03 May 2024

    Jonathan Werran picks out the highlights from the local and mayoral poll results so far, and he argues the case for a more stable set of electoral cycles.

  • 1984 and all that

    30 April 2024

    Forty years from the passing of the Rates Act, how relevant are the provisions designed to give central government control over the governance of local taxation and expenditure, asks Jonathan Werran.

  • Building consent

    08 April 2024

    As Localis publishes an essay collection looking at how homes and developments may be built in harmony with existing communities, Jonathan Werran considers the history of housing and planning.

  • Governing the local AI revolution

    13 March 2024

    A nuanced approach to governance is needed to successfully navigate the challenge of integrating AI within local authorities, say Amardeep Gill and Jonathan Werran.

  • Tacking the scourge of waste crime

    12 March 2024

    Government should introduce an intermediate tax band to bridge the gap between standard and lower rates of landfill tax, reducing the incentive for misclassification of waste, says Jonathan Werran.

  • Where is fiscal devolution?

    13 February 2024

    In the first of a series of articles on what the next government could learn from the Lyons Review, Jonathan Werran suggests fiscal freedom could unlock growth to bring in more cash for the Treasury.

  • Throw a lifeline – business rates reform and high streets renewal

    02 October 2023

    A fringe panel event in Liverpool next week will focus thinking on what system of business taxation for local government a Labour Government could put in place, says Jonathan Werran.

  • Perfect place

    22 September 2023

    Jonathan Werran reports from a policy event that teased out how lessons from the past could indicate what reform towards single placemaking budgets might offer.

  • Level measures

    04 July 2023

    Localis’s research into the potential for public service integration to underpin the delivery of levelling up in neighbourhoods offers a modern policy route to future reform. Jonathan Werran explains.

  • Combined talents

    20 June 2023

    Combined authorities are the default option for optimal devolution – but Amardeep Gill and Jonathan Werran ask if we should be talking about their potential role as prime movers in public service reform, economic transformation and infrastructure.

  • The new King’s golden vision

    09 May 2023

    Jonathan Werran says the new monarch King Charles III should be viewed as a genuine localism champion, and a man of wisdom who has constantly preached a civic gospel of duty to place and community.

  • The next showrunners

    01 February 2023

    Jonathan Werran says that, whatever and whoever is running the show after next year’s General Election, attention and protection should be afforded to local government.

  • Fable and willing

    07 December 2022

    We need new local stories and narratives of empowerment to make devolution come alive for communities, argues Jonathan Werran.

  • Resolving surface tensions

    22 November 2022

    Greater collaboration across central and local government and wider industry to embed sustainable drainage systems (SuDS) is needed to tackle blight of flash floods, writes Localis chief executive, Jonathan Werran.

  • Mapping a route to clean local growth

    16 November 2022

    Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran breaks down a new report on how local government can take ownership of decarbonisation and sustainable economic growth.

  • Time for action

    08 November 2022

    Climate change and extreme weather conditions require a long-term, whole-place response to mitigate their impact, writes Jonathan Werran.

  • Rescuing the ship

    01 November 2022

    The brand of compassionate Conservatism the new Prime Minister has outlined and has determined to express might prove impossible to deliver on before polling day, says Jonathan Werran.

  • The Connected Society – realising pride in place

    04 October 2022

    The Connected Society toolkit represents an early attempt to marry an understanding of levelling up theory with the practice of community-led placemaking, says Jonathan Werran of Localis.