CIPFA hits back at Tesco rates attack
Finance directors have hit back at criticisms made by big companies that business rates are causing the collapse of retailers on the high street.
Build industrial strategies to beat Brexit, says Localis
The government needs to put more effort into agreeing local industrial strategies across the country, the latest report from think tank Localis has claimed.
Building productivity in a place
As we prepare for Brexit, local government’s role in boosting growth will become even more crucial. Heather Jameson looks at the latest report from think tank Localis on delivering the industrial strategy.
Metro mayors have key role in health and wealth
Chief executive of Public Health England, Duncan Selbie, and managing director of consultancy Metro Dynamics, Ben Lucas, on the influence mayors can have.
A response to the Industrial Strategy white paper
Shaping the Industrial Strategy is among the most pressing challenges facing local authority leaders. Sam Clayden reports on what sector chiefs believe must be done
Making sense of the Industrial Strategy
Tom Stannard digests the Industrial Strategy white paper and outlines what it all means for local government.
Industrial Strategy 'lacks focus on inclusive growth'
The Government has failed to offer a compelling narrative around inclusive growth, Leeds City Council’s chief executive has warned.
Auditors in fresh LEP warning
A National Audit Office (NAO) report on the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough (GCGP) LEP has warned that the Government’s ability to respond to failure was ‘limited’.
Lumbering LEPs and a rethink on mayors
Heather Jameson argues the Industrial Strategy white paper will end up with confused mosaic of structures across the country – and the inevitable threat of local government reorganisation.
Prince Harry and the Industrial Strategy
Prince Harry is a firm favourite at MJ Towers.
Three reasons why the Industrial Strategy is shortsighted
Jessica Studdert says the message to local government in today's Industrial Strategy white paper is clear: we might devolve, just not to you.
Industrial Strategy snubs councils
Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) as the drivers of future local growth in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.
Homes under the Hammond
Head of news and events for think-tank Localis, Jonathan Werran, looks at what the Budget means for housing.
Budget 2017: Devolution and housing key planks in speech
Philip Hammond’s first Autumn Budget has seen the chancellor unveil a raft of new devolution deals, measures to boost housing and changes to resolve issues with controversial Universal Credit.
Javid rejects DCLG capacity fears
Communities secretary Sajid Javid has rejected accusations that his Whitehall department is too stretched to handle devolution bids.
Budget needs to back local government
Head of local government at Grant Thornton UK, Paul Dossett, says there are no areas where further significant cuts can be made that wouldn’t seriously jeopardise future service delivery.
We can work it out
This week, think-tank Localis published a report examining how a combination of Brexit, automation, population and place dynamics are likely to impact the changing world of work across England. Report co-author Joe Fyans explains how local government can play a more strategic role in supporting local labour markets
Sector figures demand rewrite of 'failing' economic model
Senior sector figures have demanded a radical shake-up of the nation's failing economy.
Don't constrain councils who want to take advantage of the Industrial Strategy
Salford City Council deputy mayor John Merry, who will be discussing the Industrial Strategy at the Battle of Ideas this weekend, calls on the Government not to hold councils back, arguing investment in a few key principles would yield enormous results for the prosperity of the county and local areas.
May must fan the embers at the Conservative conference
In advance of this year’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Liam Booth-Smith asks if an embattled Theresa May is capable of using her platform address to reignite her premiership by tackling the burning injustices of housing and social care.