Combined authority

Men dominate top table at combined authorities, research warns

04/11/2019

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'

14/10/2019

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

04/10/2019

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

Changing Tynes

03/10/2019

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

17/09/2019

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

05/08/2019

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

01/08/2019

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

24/07/2019

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

14/06/2019

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

10/05/2019

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

Ministry moves on Brexit

24/10/2018

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

10/07/2018

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

30/01/2018

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

16/01/2018

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

13/12/2017

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

27/11/2017

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

21/11/2017

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

17/10/2017

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

06/10/2017

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

29/09/2017

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

26/09/2017

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

01/08/2017

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

06/07/2017

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

19/06/2017

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

26/04/2017

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

18/04/2017

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

14/03/2017

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

22/02/2017

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

West of England devo deal gets the go-ahead

17/02/2017

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'

15/02/2017

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

15/02/2017

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

Hampshire CC opposition makes Solent combined authority deal ‘unlikely’

27/01/2017

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

25/01/2017

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

23/01/2017

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

25/10/2016

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

13/10/2016

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

06/10/2016

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

29/09/2016

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

09/09/2016

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

07/09/2016

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

24/08/2016

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

11/08/2016

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

01/08/2016

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

01/07/2016

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

30/06/2016

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

22/06/2016

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

10/06/2016

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

08/06/2016

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

26/05/2016

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

18/05/2016

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

10/03/2016

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

02/02/2016

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

27/01/2016

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

13/01/2016

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

Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire unveil devolution deal

06/01/2016

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

21/12/2015

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

17/11/2015

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

28/10/2015

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

23/10/2015

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

21/10/2015

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

Can devolution boost council revenues?

19/10/2015

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

Solihull signs up to combined authority

14/10/2015

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

01/10/2015

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

24/09/2015

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

17/09/2015

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

28/08/2015

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

Deals behind closed doors

14/08/2015

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

27/07/2015

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?

20/07/2015

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

17/07/2015

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

06/07/2015

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

01/07/2015

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

15/06/2015

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

15/06/2015

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

Rocky road for Combined Authorities?

15/06/2015

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

Council duo inch closer to joining West Midlands Combined Authority

20/05/2015

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

15/05/2015

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

06/05/2015

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

18/03/2015

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

13/02/2015

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

05/02/2015

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

15/12/2014

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

12/12/2014

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

11/12/2014

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

10/12/2014

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

Autumn Statement: Further devolution deals fail to materialise

03/12/2014

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

Tees Valley unveils ambition to form combined authority

14/11/2014

Proposals have been launched to create a combined authority in Tees Valley designed to boost investment in the area and give it a ‘stronger voice’.

Wigan at forefront of world’s first smart energy system pilot

14/11/2014

Hundreds of homes across Greater Manchester will become the first in the world to trial new green technology designed to reduce energy bills.

Councils reveal West Midlands combined authority plan

07/11/2014

Birmingham and four Black Country council leaders have announced plans to unite as a West Midlands combined authority.

Greater Manchester wins ‘momentous’ devolution package

03/11/2014

Greater Manchester will be handed powers over housing, transport and planning, under an historic devolution settlement agreed upon today.

Greater Manchester set to win 'metro mayor'

31/10/2014

Chancellor George Osborne is set to announce plans for a new mayor for Greater Manchester, as devolution rhetoric builds before the General Election.

Politicians urged to rule out council reorganisation

29/10/2014

The reorganisation of local government should be ruled out for the next parliament in favour of more joint working, according to a think tank.

Denbighshire to explore merger with Conway

10/09/2014

Councillors at Denbighshire County Council have voted to explore the possibility of a voluntary merger with Conwy County Borough Council.

Bucks crowdfunds £25k for local government review

15/08/2014

Businesses in Buckinghamshire have crowdfunded £25,000 to pay for an independent review of local government in the county.

Hull leader denies council land grab

13/08/2014

The leader of Hull City Council has denied a land grab as a review looks at merging it with a neighbour against its wishes.

Combined authority secures £23m funding

11/04/2014

The Liverpool City Region has been awarded £23m from the government’s Regional Growth Fund.

Grant cities powers of London mayor, think tank says

27/03/2014

The UK’s largest cities could fail to deliver on financial expectations if they are not granted greater powers, a report claims.

North East ‘super council’ secures government backing

06/03/2014

The Cabinet Office has begun the legal process to set up a new combined authority in the North East.

Combined authority naming row relegates Liverpool

18/02/2014

The mayor of Liverpool has hit out at the decision to give the region’s combined authority a name featuring all six of the districts.

Combined authority gets Government backing

17/02/2014

A new combined authority for Liverpool City Region has been given the green light by Government, and could come into effect 1 April.

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