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Combined authority signs £4bn agreement with Legal & General


WMCA and L&G have today signed a partnership agreement with L&G committing to invest £4bn in regeneration, housing and levelling up across the West Midlands.

Talks held on East Midlands combined authority


Proposals for an East Midlands combined authority covering Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire could be put forward to the Government as part of county deal negotiations.

Leaders lay out plans for 'just transition' to net-zero


Council and combined authority leaders have detailed plans for a ‘just transition’ to net-zero as new research revealed nine million people could be hit economically.

Devolution should be the default option, say MPs


The Government should consider devolving greater powers in housing, health, planning and education, a new report has argued today.

County areas chase devo dream


County areas are lining up to strike one of the first tranche of devolution deals.

Combined authority first to be awarded RACE quality mark


The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has become the first organisation in the UK to be awarded the RACE Equality Code.

West Yorkshire Combined Authority sets out plans for mass transit system


Residents of West Yorkshire have been asked to give their views on plans for a new transport network that aims to connect the region’s communities to jobs, education and opportunities.

Combined authority expansion halted by ‘party politics’


The expansion of the West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has stalled after leaders failed to reach an agreement.

Supporting our young people in the path to economic recovery


Clare Hatton explains how the West Midlands Combined Authority has made it a priority to support all young people, but especially those not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Combined authority first governmental body to join alliance


Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced that Liverpool City Region combined authority is the first governmental body in the world to join the wellbeing economy alliance.

Lancashire CC sets out plans for new combined authority


Lancashire CC has put forward proposals for a new combined authority and an elected mayor for the county.

Combined authority 'spending reserves like it's going out of fashion'


Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s chief executive has expressed doubts about whether his region would be able to cope with a second wave of coronavirus infections.

Jenrick voices support for East Midlands Combined Authority plans


District and borough councils in Leicestershire have announced they will be taking forward discussions about creating an East Midlands Combined Authority.

Combined authority re-defines ‘affordable housing’


The West Midlands has become the first region to re-define ‘affordable housing’.

Men dominate top table at combined authorities, research warns


Only one in five with a vote at the top table in combined authorities are women, new research has found.

Queen's Speech 19: Devolution White Paper to set out 'structural reform'


An English devolution White Paper is planned by the Government, it has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech.

Rent caps needed to curb housing crisis, report says


A think tank has called for local leaders to have the power to cap rents in high-cost areas.

Changing Tynes


Heather Jameson talks to Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Mayor, about the main challenges facing the combined authority, the region’s devolution deal, and putting party politics to one side.

Treasury 'wasting money' in funding of local government


The Treasury is wasting money in its funding of local government and needs to have a more place-based focus, according to a report from the respected Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank.

Combined authority launches West Yorkshire’s ‘largest’ electric vehicle charging network


The first of 88 chargepoints will go live this week in what is set to be West Yorkshire’s largest electric vehicle rapid-charging network.

Adult education budget devolved to six combined authorities


Six mayoral combined authorities and the GLA will be responsible for the adult education budget in their areas from today, the Government has announced.

Plans to hike business rates in the West Midlands dropped


Businesses in the West Midlands will breath a sigh of relief after an announcement that a planned business rate hike is unlikely to go ahead.

Greater Manchester aims to be carbon-neutral by 2038


Plans by Greater Manchester to become the UK’s 'leading green and digital city-region' have won backing from the Government in its new Local Industrial Strategy.

Whitehall approves South Yorkshire devolution deal


The Government has approved the South Yorkshire devolution deal, which will see £900m invested in the region.

Ministry moves on Brexit


Senior Marsham Street officials have stepped up their preparations for Brexit after complaints from frustrated councils that they were being shut out of the process.

Brokenshire considering new devolution models


James Brokenshire is considering new models of devolution as he seeks to extend further powers to local areas, the communities secretary has insisted.

Combined authority announces deal to build 40,000 homes


The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority has agreed to work with a coalition of 15 housing associations to deliver up to 40,000 affordable homes.

LEP moves to become 'most transparent' in England


A local enterprise partnership (LEP) that had funding restrictions slapped on it by the Government has approved transparency measures that go beyond national guidance.

Next stage for North of Tyne devolution deal


Councils in the North East have launched a public consultation over the next stage of a devolution plan for the area.

Industrial Strategy snubs councils


Business secretary Greg Clark has snubbed councils and empowered local enterprise partnerships (LEPs) in the Government’s long-awaited Industrial Strategy.

‘Non-mayoral combined authorities’ a possibility, Javid says


Sajid Javid has raised the possibility of ‘non-mayoral combined authorities’ in rural areas as part of a new devolution framework.

Combined authority bids for £200m government investment


The West Yorkshire Combined Authority has bid for more than £200m of government investment in its Autumn Budget submission.

Whitehall should use Brexit to ‘drive’ devolution, combined authority mayors insist


The Government should listen to all parts of the North as Britain leaves the EU, leaders of the northern combined authorities have demanded.

Mayor warns about 'reputational damage' caused by LEP


The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in Cambridgeshire is causing the area ‘reputational damage’ the combined authority’s mayor has warned.

Combined authorities need ‘meaningful’ fiscal devolution, progress report says


Whitehall should reopen the conversation about ‘meaningful’ fiscal devolution in order to help places attract sustainable investment, says report on the progress of combined authorities.

Six mayors to pilot innovative new employment schemes


Thousands of disadvantaged people are to be helped back into work under new pilot schemes being delivered by six combined authorities.

Councillors may have limited control over combined authorities, warn auditors


There is a risk local councillors will have limited capacity for the overview and scrutiny of combined authorities, auditors have warned.

Oxfordshire districts put forward plans for combined authority


Three district councils have submitted their plan for a combined authority in Oxfordshire to the Government, in response for calls for a unitary council.

Metro mayors should place digital at ‘the heart’ of their plans


The new metro mayors should put digital devolution at the ‘heart of their plans’, tech industry campaigners say.

Combined authorities risk being 'preserve of men' finds report


Nearly all (93%) of senior positions in the new combined authorities will be appointed to white men, new research has revealed.

New Tees Valley mayor granted powers to ‘drive’ economic development


Tees Valley Combined Authority has become the first authority outside of London to be granted the power to create locally-accountable Mayoral Development Corporations.

Combined authorities the ‘natural leaders’ for driving reform of criminal justice system


Metro mayors should use newly-devolved criminal justice powers to cut reoffending rates, report urges.

West of England devo deal gets the go-ahead


Communities minister Andrew Percy has given the go-ahead for the west of England combined authority headed by a directly-elected mayor.

West Yorks leader calls for end to 'devolution deadlock'


Calls to reignite the Leeds City Region devolution proposals submitted almost 18 months ago have been made by chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.

Warrington Council approves Cheshire devolution deal


Warrington Borough Council’s executive board yesterday approved plans for a devolution deal with Cheshire.

Hampshire CC opposition makes Solent combined authority deal ‘unlikely’


Opposition from Hampshire County Council has made it ‘highly unlikely’ the Solent combined authority deal will proceed, council leader claims.

Hughes is new Urban Transport Group chair as Tees Valley joins


The new chair of the Urban Transport Group has welcomed the Tees Valley Combined Authority as a new associate member and is looking to expand the group further.

Stockport chief to head up Manchester's 'super' council


The chief executive of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council has been confirmed as the first chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

Isle of Wight approves combined authority


Plans for a Solent Combined Authority have been approved by Isle of Wight Council, following a U-turn on local support.

Council approves combined authority plans


Portsmouth City Council has agreed to be a part of the formal application to form the Solent Combined Authority.

Public back plans for a Solent Combined Authority


The public have given their support for plans to form a combined authority covering the Solent area.

North Lincolnshire Council set to join combined authority


North Lincolnshire Council is set to accept a metro mayor by signing up to a Greater Lincolnshire Combined Authority (GLCA).

Land commission launched by combined authority


The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has put together a panel of property and infrastructure experts in a bid to ‘unlock hundreds of hectares’ of undeveloped land.

Council leaders reject devolution deal


The future of a devolution deal in the North East of England is in doubt after council leaders voted yesterday to reject a government deal.

West Midlands receives multi-millions in devo deal


The West Midlands has received a multi-million pound cash boost from Whitehall in order to ‘fire up the Midlands Engine’, the communities secretary announced yesterday.

Consultation on town’s services ‘misleading and flawed’, says Derbyshire


Derbyshire has launched a legal challenge against the Sheffield City Region accusing it of attempting to take over services in its biggest town.

Manchester agrees strategy to tackle air pollution deaths


Council leaders in Greater Manchester have agreed a new strategy to tackle air pollution in an attempt to prevent thousands of premature deaths.

Three councils push ahead with Solent combined authority proposal


Leaders of three Hampshire councils are assessing a review outlining plans for a new combined authority.

Report calls for financing restrictions on combined authorities to be lifted


Local authorities should be given greater access to ‘flexible financing streams’ to enable them to invest in infrastructure and the skills to deliver it, a new report has said.

Chair of combined authority steps down


The chair of a combined authority in the North East has announced he will be standing down after more than two years in the position.

Hampshire councils fall out over 'underperforming' accusations


Councils in Hampshire have exchanged heated words, following disagreements on how best to change the structure of local government in the county.

North Somerset Council rejects £1bn devolution deal


North Somerset Council has rejected proposals to join the £1bn West of England devolution deal.

Council chiefs fearful of service failures in next three years


More than half of council chief executives (56%) said the fear facing financial crisis within the next year, a new survey has revealed.

North East agree devolution deal


Councillors in the North East have moved a step closer to launching a devolved authority with an elected mayor for the region.

Sandwell becomes final member of combined authority


Sandwell has become the seventh and final council in the West Midlands to sign up to a proposed new combined authority.

Date announced for election of Greater Manchester’s first mayor


The first-ever mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be elected on Thursday 4 May 2017, the Government announced yesterday.

District reconsiders joining combined authority


Stratford-on-Avon District Council has confirmed it will join the West Midlands combined authority, after voting not to become a member three months ago.

Commission calls for Hull and East Riding council merger


Hull and East Riding councils should join to boost the region’s economy, according to commission.

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire unveil devolution deal


Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire have published the draft plans for their devolution bid and declared 'now is the time to do the deal'.

Liverpool mayor appointed to lead the region’s combined authority


Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson has been appointed to lead the region’s combined authority following the decision by Wirral council leader Phil Davies to step down from the role.

West Midlands signs devolution deal


A devolution deal for the West Midlands has been agreed, which includes £1bn of Government investment and an elected mayor.

West Midlands sets out details of combined authority


The shadow West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has submitted its final plans for becoming a combined authority to the Government.

Chancellor unveils two new devolution deals


The North East and the Tees Valley will both receive extra funding and powers in return for having a directly-elected mayor, under two new devolution deals confirmed today.

Sandwell votes to join combined authority


Sandwell Council has voted in favour of joining the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

Can devolution boost council revenues?


Waheed Nazir outlines how devolution agreements can kick-start projects and generate income for local authorities.

Solihull signs up to combined authority


Solihull Council has voted in favour of joining the West Midlands Combined Authority as a constituent member.

Telford & Wrekin Council to join forces with West Midlands Combined Authority


Telford & Wrekin Council is looking to become a non-constituent member of the West Midlands Combined Authority, to help establish a formal link to the Midlands engine for economic growth.

Driving forward a future of devolution


How will the local and strategic highway networks be managed in the future? As new cross-county proposals are being considered, Jon Masters gets industry opinion on devolution.

Poor leadership could delay West Midlands devo deal, minister warns


A devolution deal for the West Midlands could be delayed because of poor leadership, local government minister Greg Clark has warned.

Combined authority to review public transport


The North East Combined Authority is conducting a review of public transport across the region.

Deals behind closed doors


Chief executive of Swale BC, Abdool Kara says local government would be foolish to accede to the rules of a game set behind closed doors.

£55m secured for Leeds city region growth


West Yorkshire has been given the go ahead for £55m of funding to help deliver thousands of new jobs and homes.

Leadership Board for Lancashire?


Could a county-wide devolution deal be on the cards for Lancashire, asks leader of Blackpool Council, Cllr Simon Blackburn

West Midlands leaders agree power sharing deal


Each of the seven councils in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is poised to take responsibility over a different regional portfolio.

West Midlands Combined Authority reveals its plans


The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has published its plans to tackle infrastructure, economic growth and public sector reform across the region.

Fifth of councils predict they will be in a combined authority in five years


More than one in five local authorities expect to become part of a new combined authority by 2020, according to a new report into decentralisation.

Council rules out combined authority referendum


Coventry City Council has ruled out holding a referendum on its decision to consider joining the West Midlands combined authority, saying it would be too expensive and difficult to organise in the timeframe available.

Party of Wales in new push for combined authorities


Plaid Cymru is set to reject the proposed council mergers in Wales in favour of regional combined authorities.

Rocky road for Combined Authorities?


Max Lempriere identifies four main challenges and lessons for councils creating Combined Authorities.

Council duo inch closer to joining West Midlands Combined Authority


A pair of councils has moved a step closer to joining the West Midlands Combined Authority, as town halls leap on Osborne’s devolution vows.

Combined authority to consult public on elected mayor


West Yorkshire Combined Authority has confirmed it will consult local people on introducing a directly elected mayor in exchange for extra powers from Whitehall.

Local government restructure must be 'sustainable and enduring', says committee


Planned restructuring of local government in Wales must be 'sustainable and enduring', a committee of the Welsh Assembly has warned.

Budget 2015: West Yorkshire 'disappointed' by devolution deal


Chancellor George Osborne confirmed an agreement on a ‘new City Deal’ with the West Yorkshire combined authority in his Budget speech today.

Tees Valley combined authority moves one step closer


Plans to create a combined authority for the Tees Valley have been endorsed by local communities and businesses.

Conwy slams ‘disrespectful’ language of Welsh Government in merger spat


A Welsh council has slammed a government vision for local government reorganisation, branding it ‘disrespectful’ and a ‘threat to local democracy’.

Sheffield signs devolution deal


Sheffield has secured a deal with the Government to transfer more powers over transport, housing and economic growth to the council.

Ten Welsh councils to develop combined authority


Ten councils are to develop plans for a combined authority in South East Wales, in a bid to change the way local government operates.

Coventry will never be run from Birmingham, leader insists


Coventry’s council leader has vowed the city will never be run from Birmingham if it joins the West Midlands combined authority.

Lancaster to explore combined authority proposal


Lancaster is considering proposals to set up a county-wide combined authority.

Autumn Statement: Further devolution deals fail to materialise


Chancellor George Osborne failed to announce any further devolution deals in today’s Autumn Statement.

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