Jonathan Werran

Jonathan Werran

Jonathan Werran is head of news at Localis
  • Fixing Government’s blind spot

    11 July 2022

    As the Conservative leadership hopefuls jostle for the top job, Jonathan Werran asks what a change of regime may mean for the levelling up agenda.


  • Getting on the grid

    05 July 2022

    Amid the cost of living crisis and the move towards net zero, Jonathan Werran calls on the Government to address the 1.1 million homes that live off the gas grid


  • Innovation’s ingredient

    14 June 2022

    Jonathan Werran says we should look ahead to what the Autumn Statement will offer to incentivise the private sector to invest more, to reskill and innovate.


  • Appetite for construction?

    09 May 2022

    The Levelling Up department’s wish to see a council housebuilding revolution will require an increase in capacity, but also political confidence and professional leadership for managing risk and finance, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Consistent craving

    05 April 2022

    Ministerial decisions to upend long-term policy commitments are the enemy of local economic planning and public service reform, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Southern comfort

    22 March 2022

    Localis chief executive Jonathan Werran outlines a new report setting a possible future course for local government across South East England in adapting to challenges as diverse as Brexit, climate change, COVID and the Levelling Up White Paper.


  • South East needs 'unified' approach to create a devolution framework

    22 March 2022

    Government must rethink the assumption that directing investment away from an ‘overheated’ South East will ‘cool’ the region and ‘heat’ the rest of the country, a report has warned today.


  • Net zero culture war

    02 March 2022

    A localist and levelling up aligned approach to decarbonisation is all that stands between us and the threat of a net zero culture war, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Throwing off the manacles

    26 January 2022

    Jonathan Werran asks what would an unmasked sense of truly local empowerment look and feel like – a rooted politics which gave true play to our human potential?


  • Creating true value

    07 December 2021

    Local government must mark a decade of social value with purpose driven procurement, writes chief executive of Localis Jonathan Werran.


  • Ducking for apples

    02 November 2021

    Jonathan Werran analyses the Spending Review’s announcements on the centrally-controlled funds directing the allocation of cash for local place investment.


  • The ‘sticky’ stuff

    26 October 2021

    Local government has a battle on its hand with ministers to convince it can make policy cohere at the level of place, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Lagging behind the retrofit challenge

    21 October 2021

    We risk deepening a divide between rich and poor and different parts of the compass unless we localise national retrofitting strategies, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • How to build communities

    05 October 2021

    We need a long-term approach to investing in housing and placemaking that puts the needs of communities first, says Jonathan Werran – and greater transparency will restore local trust in the planning process.


  • Just when you thought it was safe

    01 September 2021

    The first multi-year public finance settlement for many years might not answer every question, but could clear the decks for what lies beyond the deep blue sea of the next General Election, says Jonathan Werran.


  • Planning for posterity

    17 August 2021

    If we want to ensure the younger generation doesn’t miss out on housing opportunities, the focus has to be on what will endure and models that support the longer picture in placemaking, says Jonathan Werran.


  • Sharpening the commercial edge

    16 June 2021

    The case for well-managed council commercial activity is one that needs to be defended if we want a mature and sustainable local state, argues Jonathan Werran.


  • Playing it long

    02 June 2021

    A Localis policy webinar on long-term local government finances indicated strategic pragmatism will be order of the day for the sector until the mid-2020s, writes Jonathan Werran.


  • Local results will supercharge the levelling up ambitions

    07 May 2021

    The Conservative government is now set to enjoy an assured position of dominance and power at local and national level, says chief executive of Localis Jonathan Werran.


  • Let's make sure Transforming Public Procurement delivers beyond SW1

    20 April 2021

    We shouldn’t allow Greensill to distract us from asking what needs to change centrally to release the true value of economic, social and community value at the level of place in the commissioning and delivery of public services, says Jonathan Werran.