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Levelling up requires ‘meaningful’ devolution, business group says


Business leaders have called for ‘meaningful decision-making powers’ to be devolved to local authorities to help boost left-behind regions.

Major step towards airport reopening


Councillors have voted to progress plans to reopen Doncaster Sheffield Airport using £138m in devolution funding.

National Apprenticeship Week: The importance of a national skills strategy


Nichola Hay MBE, director of Apprenticeship Strategy and Policy at BPP, discusses the importance of a national strategy with a regional approach.

Devon and Torbay devolution deal announced


Devon County Council and Torbay Council are set to enter a level 2 devolution deal with the Government.

Report calls for more devolution to boost creative industries


The further devolution of powers and funding connected to culture will help tackle economic stagnation and will boost to local communities, study finds.

Levelling up must continue, urges think-tank


Efforts to level up the country and devolve more powers to local government should continue following the General Election, a think-tank has urged.

First North Yorkshire mayoral election to cost £2m


The election of the first mayor of a new York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority is set to cost £2.2m, a council report has revealed.

West Midlands pilots £24m energy support scheme


Small businesses across the West Midlands are being offered support to cut their gas and electricity usage.

Manchester leads list for local government in New Year honours


The chief executives of both Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority have been recognised in the New Year Honours List.

‘Growth zones’ for West Midlands in UK first


The West Midlands is to become the first UK region to receive new ‘growth zone’ powers, which the combined authority said could generate £1.7bn.

Five unitaries moot devolution deal


A ‘non-binding expression of interest’ is expected to be submitted to the Government in February.

Local authority leaders criticise minimum service levels


'Unfair’ and ‘undemocratic’ minimum service levels will lead to ‘more frequent and longer strikes’, according to mayors and council leaders from across UK.

Lincolnshire consults on devolution plan


Residents across Greater Lincolnshire are being consulted on a devolution proposal for the region.

Norfolk devolution schedule delayed


Norfolk’s level 3 devolution deal is set to be pushed back to 2025.

Rotheram threatened over Covid restrictions


Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram was assigned 24-hour police security after he received threats during the Covid pandemic, he revealed today.

Autumn Statement: Hull and East Yorkshire leaders welcome devolution deal


Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council have welcomed the announcement of a proposed devolution deal for Hull and East Yorkshire.

Autumn Statement: Lancashire devolution ‘amazing news for county’


The Lancashire devolution announcement in the Autumn Statement is ‘amazing news for county’, local authority leaders in the region have said.

Autumn Statement: Councils remain ‘chronically underfunded’


Support for private renters, devolution, and planning departments is welcome but councils remain ‘chronically underfunded’, council chiefs tell Chancellor.

Autumn Statement: Level 4 devolution unveiled


More powers will be offered to areas with a level 3 devolution deal, the Government has announced as part of the Autumn Statement.

Expected devo boost in Autumn Statement


Seven counties are expected to be among a swathe of non-mayoral devolution deals being lined up by the Government.

Plymouth pulls out of ‘unreasonable’ devolution deal


Plymouth City Council has withdrawn from a proposed devolution deal after its leader branded it ‘unreasonable and unrealistic’.

Somerset declares ‘financial emergency’


Somerset Council has declared it is facing a ‘financial emergency’ and agreed that ‘urgent actions’ are required to tackle a £100m shortfall.

Call for local income tax collection for biggest city regions


More taxation powers, including the ability to keep a proportion of income tax, should be devolved to England’s three biggest city regions, a think-tank has argued.

‘Nothing for local government’ in King’s Speech


Councils have expressed disappointment that the King’s Speech offered no commitment to improving local government finances or furthering devolution.

Manifesto push for statutory economic powers


The Institute of Economic Development (IED) has launched an ‘agenda for change’ with a continued call for councils to be given statutory duties on economic development.

Street calls for PCC powers


West Midlands mayor Andy Street has formally asked the Government to transfer police and crime commissioner (PCC) powers to the mayoralty.

'Devolution hopes rest on combined authorities'


Combined authorities represent the greatest hope for devolution in England, according to a new report based on interviews with 95 former ministers and Whitehall mandarins.

Skills devolution call


Control of UK skills funding should be devolved to councils to ensure it is tailored to local jobs and economies, a national network of 27 cities has urged.

WMCA trailblazer devolution deal ratified


The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has ratified a ‘deeper devolution deal’ worth an estimated £1.5bn.

Dorset eyes cross-boundary devolution bid


Dorset Council is looking beyond its borders for potential partners in a devolution deal bid.

Liverpool to 'take back control' with franchised buses


The Liverpool City Region will bring its buses back under public control, mayor Steve Rotheram announced today.

Battery-powered trains hit tracks in UK first


The first UK passenger trains to run using battery technology have been launched in the Liverpool City Region.

Leicestershire settles for ‘thin gruel’ devo deal


Leicestershire County Council said it has agreed to pursue a level two devolution deal after failing to reach agreement on a directly elected mayor.

Wales to automatically register voters


The Welsh Government is set to establish automatic voter registration for local government and Senedd elections.

Council leaders create roadmap for a Starmer government


A plan for a future Labour administration to ‘reform public services and rebuild trust’ has been drawn out by local authority leaders.

Bentley insists level two devolution 'best option' for county


Essex CC’s Conservative leader Kevin Bentley has insisted that a level two devolution deal is the ‘best option’ for the county.

Optimism about Greater Manchester’s economy ‘badly misplaced’


Greater Manchester should expand its city centre, improve connectivity, and build 126,000 more homes to boost its productivity, the Resolution Foundation says.

London council calls for power to impose overnight levy


Westminster City Council has called on the Government to enable local authorities to tax tourists on stays.

EXCLUSIVE: Mayors press for trailblazer devolution powers


Mayors are pressing for devolved powers currently reserved for their trailblazer counterparts in ongoing talks with the Government.

County leaders call for ‘adult education revolution’


County council leaders have urged the Government to ‘fast track’ devolution deals to help boost the number of people taking part in adult education.

Cornish headland transferred to Falmouth for £1


Cornwall Council has transferred the historic Pendennis Headland to Falmouth Town Council for £1.

Government rejects unitaries' devo bid for Solent


Ministers have rejected a devolution bid by three south coast unitaries after the trio turned down the chance to join neighbouring Hampshire’s offer.

Cities call for new devolved powers


A group of cities today demanded new devolved powers and investment to help the UK become a science and innovation ‘superpower’.

Haldane: Levelling up a 'mixed bag'


Most people have yet to see the fruits of levelling up, according to a key Government adviser.

Seven in 10 support more control over local services


Nearly 70% of people say they would like their community to have more control over how local services are delivered, a new poll has revealed.

Councils need more power to level up, says think tank


The Government should give local authorities more financial powers to improve public services across the country, according to a new report by Localis.

Warwickshire in talks over WMCA move


Senior Government ministers are brokering talks between Mayor Andy Street and Warwickshire CC as the county looks at joining the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), The MJ understands.

Labour promises councils ‘control over own destiny’


A Labour government will build more houses and devolve power to local authorities, according to the party’s deputy leader.

Council to meet to discuss independence from UK


Orkney Islands Council will meet this week to discuss potential independence from the UK as it seeks to improve its financial position amid revenue challenges.

Kent to vote on devolution deal


Kent CC councillors will vote this week on plans for a devolution deal in a bid to secure more power and resources for the area.

'No progress' on devolution to London


The capital appears to have ‘taken a step backwards’ on devolution, a former chair of London Councils has said.

Progress on devolution 'too slow' - LGA vice-president


A Local Government Association vice-president has expressed ‘serious concerns about the Government’s increasing desire to centralise local service delivery across England out of Whitehall’.

Fire up Northern Powerhouse 2.0, urges Osborne


Former chancellor George Osborne has urged the Government to ‘fire up Northern Powerhouse 2.0’ as he backed more devolution for the North.

Manchester 'frustrated' at pace of devolution


Manchester’s leader has said there is ‘a long way to go’ to meet the city’s devolution ambitions.

Labour blocks Driscoll mayoral bid


North of Tyne mayor Jamie Driscoll has been blocked by Labour from standing as the party’s mayoral candidate for the proposed North East combined authority.

Oxford and Swindon top ‘good growth’ index


Oxford and Swindon have come out top in a ranking of cities according to their residents’ economic wellbeing, with Bristol and Exeter following closely behind.

Council chiefs call for statutory powers to boost economy


Local authority leaders have urged the Government to give councils statutory powers over economic development.

Greater Manchester unveils skills devolution plan


The shape of skills devolution in the trailblazer devolution deals has been outlined by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

Councils call for more powers to address climate crisis


Government must provide more powers to councils and provide clarity, capacity and funding to address the climate crisis, a national cities network has urged.

Report shows stark variations in levelling up funding


Competitive bidding has led to a £0.5bn gap in levelling up cash between the best and least funded combined authorities, according to new analysis.

Cornwall abandons devolution deal


Cornwall County Council has dropped its plans to accept a devolution deal which included an elected mayor.

Cornwall devolution consultation delivers mixed results


A consultation on whether Cornwall should have an elected mayor and a devolution deal has produced mixed results.

Lincolnshire districts back unitary idea


A partnership of three district councils has backed the idea of becoming a unitary to help secure a Lincolnshire-wide devolution deal.

Glasgow seeks more powers


Glasgow is to formally approach Holyrood and Westminster for more powers to help revitalise its city centre.

Empowering cities could bring £420m economic boost


Bringing together employment and skills services in urban areas could result in a £420m boost to the national economy, according to local government leaders.

Mayors welcome devolution plans


The mayors of Greater Manchester and the West Midlands Combined Authority welcome major devolution plans following the Spring Budget.

Budget’s lack of social care support ‘disappointing’


Council leaders welcomed the new funding in yesterday's budget but were disappointed by absence of investment in social care, health and children’s services.

Budget 2023: Hunt sounds the death knell for LEPs


Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has unveiled a Budget which has sounded the death knell for Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), but revived the levelling up agenda.

Budget 2023: Hunt to boost mayors' financial autonomy


Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has announced the Government will ‘boost mayors’ financial autonomy’ in his Budget.

MPs call for more power to be granted to London’s councils


MPs have called for more power and resources to be devolved to London’s local authorities in order to boost the capital’s productivity.

Labour should tackle erosion of local government, report says


Labour must overcome obstacles including the erosion of local government if it wants to carry out its pledge to empower communities, says campaign group.

Levelling up Bill ‘insulting’ to districts


Peers have called for greater recognition of district councils in combined county authorities (CCAs).

Council welcomes ‘significant’ £20m Blyth investment


The Government has announced a multi-million-pound funding package to help spread opportunity and boost local pride in Blyth.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills powers


Local authority leaders have called for the devolution of skills budgets and powers to help them support young people into education, employment or training.

North Yorkshire Council chair appointed after predecessor’s death


A new chair has been appointed to head the soon-to-be launched North Yorkshire Council after the death of the former chair Cllr Margaret Atkinson.

Holyrood urged to empower councils to reach net zero


Scotland will not reach its net zero targets without first empowering the local government sector, MSPs have warned.

Districts' legal threat over devolution deal


Four Norfolk districts have threatened to take legal action over the county’s handling of a devolution deal struck with Government.

Starmer makes devolution bill pledge


A swathe of new powers would be devolved from central Government under a Labour administration, leader Sir Kier Starmer has promised in a key speech.

Deal reached on North East devolution package


Details of a proposed mayoral devolution deal for the North East of England have been released.

Lincolnshire in mayoral devolution deal push


Lincolnshire’s upper-tier councils are to press for a devolution deal including an elected mayor.

Mayors do not lead to better outcomes, polling finds


People do not think mayors lead to better outcomes for their community, polling by a coalition of community groups has found.

Government’s £4bn annual skills spend ‘failing to deliver’


Council chiefs have called for an end to the centralised approach to training as report finds that the Government’s £4bn skills spend is ‘failing to deliver’.

Gove to sign devolution deals for Norfolk and Suffolk


Devolution deals are to be signed in Suffolk and Norfolk giving them over £1bn to invest in their communities, the Government has announced.

Labour outlines huge devolution push


Labour proposes removing ‘dead hand of centralisation’ by devolving to local government wide-ranging powers over employment, growth, transport and education.

Cornwall £360m devolution deal unveiled


A £360m devolution deal on offer to Cornwall has been unveiled today.

DWP urged to devolve employment support to councils


Local authority leaders have called for all employment support to be devolved to councils rather than contracted out to large providers.

Reeves to make case for economic devolution


The shadow chancellor will make the case for ‘deeper and broader’ economic devolution as Labour stresses the need for ‘more local powers’ over the economy.

County leaders call for devolution to be ‘turbocharged’


County council leaders have called on the Government to ‘turbocharge’ devolution to help them level up by attracting more foreign direct investment (FDI).

Autumn Statement: More mayors announced


Four new mayoral authorities are in the pipeline with ‘advanced discussions’ under way, the chancellor has announced.

Devolution not enough to fix governance, say MPs


Governance in England is not fit for purpose and devolution plans are not enough to fix the problems, MPs have claimed.

MPs call for end to ‘culture of centralisation’


The Government should review the requirement to have a directly elected mayor to achieve the highest levels of devolution, MPs say.

Nandy pledges to boost council housing


Shadow levelling up secretary Lisa Nandy this week vowed to end the political ‘vandalism’ of UK social housing stock.

Government urged to ‘turbocharge’ devolution


Council leaders have urged the Government to go ‘further’ with devolution and to conclude deals with the first cohort of county areas by the end of autumn.

Council chiefs welcome call for £1bn skills funding


Council leaders have welcomed a call to move away from the top-down approach to skills, and to provide communities with the funding needed to boost employment.

Devolution deal ‘penalises’ Leicestershire


Leicestershire County Council has criticised the East Midlands devolution deal for not including large parts of the East Midlands.

Truss told to ‘turbocharge devolution’


Council leaders have welcomed the new Prime Minister and called on the Government to re-affirm its commitment to levelling up and devolution.

£1.14bn East Midlands devo deal agreed


A landmark £1.14bn devolution deal for a new combined county authority (CCA) is on offer for the East Midlands, to include a new elected regional mayor.

York and North Yorkshire councils sign ‘historic’ devolution deal


New powers are set to be transferred to a directly elected mayor in York and North Yorkshire as part of a historic devolution deal.

Government urged to scale up levelling up


The Government is focusing on the right issues as part of its levelling up agenda but needs to dramatically scale up investment and effort, according to the Institute for Government (IfG) think-tank.

Gove says new body will 'shine light' on sector failures and successes


Michael Gove has reaffirmed his plans to ‘shine a light’ on both the failures and successes of councils with a new Office for Local Government.

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