• Our social care achievements can't be pinned to one single component

    16 March 2020

    Andrew Loades outlines the key factors underpinning Redbridge LBC’s high productivity rating and satisfaction scores for adult social care.

  • A Budget for growth – so where is the catch?

    11 March 2020

    Chancellor Rishi Sunak's Budget may not have delivered much for council revenues – for adult or children’s social care – but it is squarely aimed at boosting productivity and growth, writes Heather Jameson.

  • Hertfordshire leads the way in managing growth

    05 March 2020

    All 12 members of the Hertfordshire Growth Board have now approved an official working agreement that will help make the county an even better place, says David Williams.

  • Slicker cities

    04 March 2020

    Cllr Huw Thomas examines the findings of a new report looking at enhancing the potential and overall productivity of the UK’s core cities.

  • Avoiding the dangers of a ‘one-size-fits all’ approach

    04 March 2020

    Two key recommendations highlighted in a new report on the need for 'levelling-up' to include counties are for Growth Boards - and for the devo White Paper to consider devolving budgets and powers to county areas, says Paul Dossett.

  • Go big or go home

    03 March 2020

    Chair of the UK2070 Commission into spatial inequalities Lord Bob Kerslake says everyone will lose if we fail to tackle the widening productivity and wealth gap.

  • Reports highlight core cities' low productivity and increasing regional inequalities

    03 March 2020

    Productivity in the UK’s core cites is low by national and international standards and regional inequalities are continuing to increase, two new reports have revealed.

  • OECD report on Core Cities is key to 'levelling up' the UK

    03 March 2020

    Productivity in the UK’s Core Cities is low by national and international standards and they have the potential for much stronger and more inclusive growth, according to a new report from the OECD.

  • Maintaining performance

    25 February 2020

    The 15 strongest performing councils in adult social care have been highlighted in IMPOWER’s latest productivity INDEX. Ralph Cook looks at the results.

  • We are £1 better off compared to 2008

    19 February 2020

    After more than a decade, average pay has risen above its pre-election levels. Michael Burton asks what the future may hold for pay and productivity

  • Ministers must heed local productivity gaps

    04 February 2020

    Ministerial efforts to reduce the regional productivity gap must recognise the imbalances at local level within regions, government advisers have warned.

  • OECD will say our over-centralised system holds places back

    14 January 2020

    Core Cities has commissioned the OECD to put together a new and radical report into putting in place the right policies to enable places to fulfil their potential, says Cllr Judith Blake.

  • Not a business as usual approach

    11 December 2019

    Metro Dynamics has launched a guide for people working in and with towns that distils what it has learned over the past few years, based on eight principles. Mike Emmerich explains.

  • Ensuring our places’ success

    27 November 2019

    The Sustainable Growth Index rankings reflect a dominant focus on economic growth over the past 20 years, says Rob Turner. He provides a checklist for ensuring strong economic performance goes hand-in-hand with broader measures of success.

  • Redefining what good looks like

    13 November 2019

    Impower’s annual top 10 list is a celebration of strong council performance and, as Jon Ainger explains, many local authorities have stepped up to the challenge.