• Beware Godzilla economics

    26 March 2024

    Councils are designed primarily to achieve ‘economies of scope’ not economies of scale – and bigger brings disadvantages as well as benefits, writes Barry Quirk.

  • Growing pains

    20 March 2024

    With local growth high on the political agenda, Ben Franklin sets out his recipe for success.

  • West Yorkshire’s economic promise

    11 December 2023

    West Yorkshire will host one of the Government’s investment zones. Andrew Vaux speaks to political and business leaders about what it means for the region.

  • Mixed economic news for chancellor ahead of autumn statement

    21 November 2023

    The chancellor has received mixed news on the economy the day before the autumn statement, with official figures showing record borrowing last month and higher interest payments offset by better-than-expected tax revenues.

  • No prospect of sector spending boost after General Election

    18 October 2023

    Council chief executives have been told Whitehall spending is unlikely to change quickly regardless of who wins the next General Election.

  • Unequal divide piles pressure on the North

    26 August 2023

    Valentine Quinio says the cost of living crisis has generally hit places in the North hardest and policy should be acting now to insulate these areas from further shocks

  • What is the economic offer for voters?

    26 August 2023

    The party conferences should offer some insight into policy, says Andrew Carter, but what will they reveal about tackling economic underperformance in our cities