• Levelling up progress ‘glacial’, think-tank says

    19 June 2024

    Progress on levelling up in England has been ‘glacial’ and – according to some metrics – inequality has worsened, analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies has revealed.

  • Ministers urged to reform Gift Aid

    03 June 2024

    Gift Aid donations should vary by region and be targeted at tackling local inequalities, a think-tank has suggested.

  • Building participation that promotes community cohesion

    29 May 2024

    Carly Walker-Dawson looks at the actions UK local and regional governments can take to promote community cohesion alongside partners at place level.

  • Building the pillars of wisdom

    28 May 2024

    It’s the penultimate challenge for the contestants of this year’s Local Government Challenge. Their brief: to tackle deprivation and inequality through Waltham Forest LBC’s Stronger Communities strategy. Bekah Carrington explains.

  • What’s next for devolution?

    20 May 2024

    Kate Kennally says widening and deepening devolution should be on the agenda for the next government – giving local leaders the tools to build strong foundations for a fair and prosperous UK.

  • Tackling the challenge of Germany’s far right

    13 May 2024

    Ed Turner examines Germany’s growing far right in local and regional government, the factors that lie behind it and what to do about it.

  • Farewell levelling up – we barely knew you

    13 May 2024

    Future attempts to address spatial inequality must have serious financial backing to avoid groundhog day and this requires honesty over future tax and spend, writes Ben Franklin.

  • The case for a new Public Health Act

    07 May 2024

    Greg Fell makes the case for a new and all-encompassing Public Health Act, and says preventing people from becoming ill will only be achieved by putting health at the heart of all policies.

  • Children and childhood must get the priority they deserve

    03 May 2024

    A plan for childhood should have a focus on developing the workforce, as well as a national emphasis on improving children’s outcomes in a systematic way, says Andy Smith.

  • Pedalling a way to success

    01 May 2024

    Essex Pedal Power provides bikes for free to those living in the most deprived areas of the county, and may lead to the creation of a national scheme. Julian Sanchez explains.

  • Reclaiming our regions

    01 May 2024

    Twelve months into a five-year project examining how to build more inclusive regional economies, Tom Lloyd Goodwin highlights four emerging priority areas for the next UK Government to address.

  • Are the grown-ups in the room?

    01 May 2024

    Labour’s alternative to levelling up could mark a step change to a more mature relationship between the centre and our regions, say Annabel Smith and Ben Franklin.

  • Driving positive outcomes must be top of metro mayors' agenda

    26 April 2024

    Improving outcomes for communities is at the heart of successful devolution and metro mayors must put in place a plan to achieve this from day one, says Kerry Scott.

  • There’s real value in our arts

    22 April 2024

    Council support for arts and culture is at serious risk amid the latest funding crisis. But we must find a way to sustain the arts as a remedy to our deepest challenges, says Alison Mckenzie-Folan.

  • A call for transparency and accountability

    22 April 2024

    Local government must confront pressing 'elephant in the room' issues head-on if it is to foster transparency, accountability and effective governance, says chief executive of Local Partnerships Adele Gritten.

  • Dashboard compares healthy life expectancy across councils

    10 April 2024

    A data tool to compare healthy life expectancy across all councils in England has been launched by The Health Foundation.

  • Connecting health to cohesion

    08 April 2024

    The evidence showing the importance of social cohesion to health, and the damage loneliness causes to mental health, is compelling. Ann McGauran reports.

  • Hackney through an anti-racist lens

    26 March 2024

    Dawn Carter-McDonald says Hackney LBC’s commitment to being an actively anti-racist council is at the centre of its goals and values.

  • Local government can drive an inclusive transition to net zero 

    13 March 2024

    Emily Morrison calls for a place-based approach to net zero transition, saying national policy is failing to support the UK’s poorest households towards a carbon-neutral future. 

  • Reducing infant mortality in Sheffield

    06 March 2024

    No one element made the difference when it came to reducing Sheffield’s disproportionately high infant mortality rates, says Greg Fell – instead a 20-year commitment reaped incredible rewards.