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Mayors meet to hear growth plans


Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has summoned his party’s newly-elected mayors for a meeting to detail his plans for economic growth.

Night-time economy leaders frustrated at lack of support


Business leaders working in London's night-time economy have expressed their ‘frustration and anger’ at the lack of governmental support the sector receives.

Addressing regional inequalities


Andrew Borland, Chief Innovation Officer at the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC), University of Liverpool discusses the importance of levelling up for growth.

Call for evidence boost in local economic policy


Centre for Cities has called for more evidence to be at the heart of local economic policy making.

Worcestershire CC launches plan to boost tourism


Worcestershire County Council has launched a new plan to grow the county’s ‘billion-pound tourism economy’.

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.

‘Bad health blackspots’ hold back growth


Stark health inequalities are holding back economic growth, new research has found.

Culture year to launch with raft of events


A year-long programme of cultural activities in Wakefield is set to kick off with a day of 24 free events.

‘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.

Government confirms LEP funding


Eligible councils will receive ‘up to’ £240,000 in 2024-25 to deliver the functions previously covered by Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), the Government has said.

Autumn Statement: West Midlands investment zone confirmed


An investment zone is set to be established in the West Midlands focusing on three sites in Warwickshire, Birmingham, and Wolverhampton, Chancellor confirms.

Nearly 460k unemployed due to unhealthy lifestyle


Nearly 460,000 people in the UK are unemployed due to the health impact of tobacco, alcohol, and obesity, costing the economy £31.1bn.

West Yorkshire to host £220m investment zone


A new investment zone has been announced for West Yorkshire focused on life sciences.

Land value tax could redistribute billions


A plan to reform business rates could lead to billions of pounds being redistributed from high land value areas to other parts of the country.

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.

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.

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.

Gove to ease nutrient neutrality requirements


Ministers have announced they will ease divisive development rules on water pollution blamed for low housebuilding rates in rural areas.

LEP functions to be transferred to upper-tier councils


The Government has today confirmed it will transfer many Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) functions to upper-tier councils and combined authorities.

VisitBritain HQ moves to Birmingham


Birmingham will be home to VisitBritain’s new headquarters, the national tourism agency has announced.

Hull plans ‘innovative’ box park venue


Hull CC will consider developing a ‘box park’ site on what is currently waste land, with the aim of attracting visitors to the city centre and creating jobs.

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’.

South Yorkshire named as UK’s first investment zone


South Yorkshire was named by the Government on Friday as the site of the first UK investment zone.

Public libraries generate £3.4bn a year, study finds


England’s public libraries generate at least £3.4bn each year, a landmark new analysis has revealed.

Pledge promotes prosperity


Cllr Tracey Dixon, leader of South Tyneside Council, explains the local authority’s Pledge ahead of the council’s presentation at the LGA’s annual conference.

Barnsley launches new initiative to boost employment


Barnsley Council and the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority have launched a new initiative to support thousands of residents into employment.

Plans for South Yorkshire Apprenticeship Hub unveiled


South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard has announced plans to create 300 apprenticeships in the region through a new Apprenticeship Hub.

Closing council gender gap could boost output £23bn


Closing the gender employment gap in UK local authorities would increase economic output by £23bn or 1% of GDP, according to campaigners.

Doncaster council’s fight to reopen airport gets £3m boost


The fight to reopen Doncaster Sheffield Airport has been given a £3.1m boost by South Yorkshire's mayoral 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.

London boroughs agree first infrastructure framework


All 33 local authorities across London have agreed an infrastructure framework on a cross-party, pan-London basis for the first time.

Council chiefs call for statutory powers to boost economy


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

North East has highest percentage of empty shops


The North East has the highest percentage of empty high street shops in Britain, a new study has revealed.

‘Red Wall’ areas score poorly on social fabric index


Local communities in areas won by the Conservatives from Labour in 2019 have continued to face decline despite the levelling up agenda, think tank finds.

Cornwall Council’s space centre launches new R&D facility


The space centre owned by Cornwall Council has opened a new building for businesses developing and launching satellites.

Labour pledges to revitalise high streets


Labour will today promote its plan to revitalise ailing high streets through a £700m fund to help small businesses with soaring energy bills.

Why a circular economy is good for local government


Wayne Hubbard, CEO of ReLondon, argues that green measures can save councils money and help local businesses.

West Midlands CA welcomes unspent Commonwealth Games funding


Around £70m of unspent Commonwealth Games funding is to be used to develop the West Midlands economy and boost its trade and tourism sectors.

New Buckinghamshire film studios to create 1,200 jobs


Buckinghamshire Council has granted planning permission for a new eight-stage film studio expected to support 1,200 jobs.

Budget 2023: Hunt confirms investment zone cash


Chancellor Jeremy Hunt has confirmed in the spring budget plans to go ahead with 12 investment zones, each backed by a multi-million-pound injection of cash.

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.

Systemic sexism costs economy over £88bn a year


Barriers faced by women wanting to work is costing the economy in England, Scotland and Wales £88.7bn every year, according to new research.

Councils should become primary provider of childcare, survey finds


Councils should become the primary provider of state-subsidised childcare designed to get parents back to work and boost productivity, a new survey has found.

Shetland council launches campaign to attract fishing boats


Shetland Islands Council and Lerwick Port Authority have joined forces to encourage fishing boats to land in their harbours.

Treasury tightens grip over DLUHC spending


New capital projects by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) will now have to be approved by the Treasury.

Leicestershire council to convert its office into hotel


A Leicestershire council is planning to turn parts of its office into a hotel because staff working from home means less space is needed.

Poor health 'undermining UK economy' think tank warns


Mental health problems are the most common reason for people being unable to work new research has revealed.

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.

Liverpool signs deal for £70m Littlewoods project


The developers behind the £70m Littlewoods project have signed a deal with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Liverpool City Council to kick start the project.

Think tank warns against ‘anti-London sentiment’


A think tank has accused policymakers of ‘anti-London sentiment’ and urged Whitehall to do more to include the capital in the levelling up agenda.

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.

Colchester and Reading join Key Cities network


Colchester and Reading today announced that they have joined Key Cities, a network representing the UK’s urban areas, to help drive their economic growth.

Council leader welcomes plans to relocate famous markets


The leader of Barking and Dagenham council, Cllr Darren Rodwell, has welcomed plans to relocate Billingsgate and Smithfield wholesale markets to Dagenham Dock.

Autumn statement: Investment zones ‘refocus’ in Autumn Statement


Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt has binned ‘existing expressions of interest’ from councils to set up investment zones as the Government moves to ‘refocus’ the programme.

Women’s Euro 2022 gives Sheffield £8m boost


Sheffield’s hosting of UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 gave the city’s economy an £8.3m boost, new research reveals.

Decline of economic vitality across 20 UK cities is 'accelerating'


Nottingham has seen the biggest drop in its economic vitality rating compared to other UK cities, new research has revealed today.

Councils invited to host Investment Zones


Local authorities are now able to apply to host a new Investment Zone, the Government announced over the weekend.

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.

Mini-Budget: Kwarteng's plans to boost economic growth


New Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng has unveiled a mini-Budget aimed at boosting the economy and growing his way out of the country’s financial woes.

Local government ‘over-centralised’, think tanks say


Local government is over-centralised, inefficient, and under-resourced and is harming the UK economy, a new report says.

Call for new PM to boost role of LEPs


The next PM must better support small businesses through Local Enterprise Partnerships if the UK is to ride the forthcoming recession, business leaders warn.

Think tank calls for beefed up levelling up


A think tank has demanded the next government reverse council funding cuts and beef up the levelling up Bill after new figures revealed public spending continues to leave the North behind.

‘Parallel pandemic’ of mental ill health cost North £2bn


The number of mental ill health cases in the North of England were much higher during the pandemic than in any other part of the country and cost £2bn.

Boldly going where Birmingham has never gone before


Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council, explains the integral role of the local authority in delivering the upcoming Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Second round of Levelling Up Fund opens for bids


Councils are being urged to bid for a share of £4.8bn as part of the Government's Levelling Up Fund.

Outer London left behind in post-COVID recovery


Ethnically diverse local authority areas on the outskirts of London are being left behind in the post-pandemic recovery, think tank warns.

Index to help drive levelling up published


The planning and development consultancy Lichfields has created an index to help local authority areas capitalise on the levelling up agenda.

Belfast tops index for economic vitality growth


Belfast has achieved the highest growth in economic vitality out of 20 key cities in the UK, a new index has revealed.

Levelling up plans will fail, IfG report claims


The Government’s plans for levelling up will not cut regional inequality, a report from the influential Institute for Government (IfG) has claimed.

Glasgow tops list of most economically resilient cities


Glasgow has proven to be the city with the most resilient economy in the face of the pandemic, a new study has revealed.

Devolution for all: Gove unveils long-awaited White Paper


By 2030, every part of England that wants one will have a devolution deal, the Government’s long-awaited Levelling Up White Paper has revealed.

National approach to levelling up is 'ineffective' warns study


Policies to address regional inequalities should be tailored to individual communities’ needs, according to the results of a new study.

Bradford has most 'levelling up' potential, Index finds


New research has revealed the towns and cities in England that could make the best use of the Government’s levelling up funding.

More power to metro mayors, northern leaders say


Business and civic leaders in the North have called for metro mayors to be given more powers over transport infrastructure, education and skills to drive the ‘levelling-up’ agenda.

Wales tops economic vitality index


A new economic vitality index has revealed that Wales managed to weather the COVID-19 pandemic better than the UK’s other home countries.

Government allocates £200m Community Renewal Funding


The Government has announced which projects will receive a share of the £200m Community Renewal Funding, and has given local authorities extra time to spend the money.

Report calls for new deal to help East London level up


Local London should be given a subregional growth deal to help eastern boroughs ‘level up’ and deliver their full potential, a report has argued today.

What do we want to see from the Levelling Up White Paper?


Zo Hoida discusses recent claims from the National Infrastructure Commission that the government’s ‘levelling up’ plan will fail.

Digital innovation could bring over £1 trillion to local economies by 2030 says report


Local and regional authorities should be given greater capabilities to facilitate digital innovation in their area, to bring more than £1 trillion of added value to local economies, according to a new report.

Social care contributes £50.3bn to economy, study reveals


The adult social care sector and its skilled workforce contributes billions of pounds to the English economy, according to a new report.

Union calls for reversal of pay cuts to give economy £3.3bn boost


The TUC has called on the Chancellor to reverse public sector pay cuts in the spending review as a means of supporting the post-pandemic recovery.

Ministry in rebrand to put levelling up centre stage


New secretary of state Michael Gove will preside over a beefed up new department with a firm focus on levelling up, it has been revealed.

Levelling up too focused on infrastructure, claims report


Ministers’ ‘levelling up’ agenda is too focused on new infrastructure projects at the expense of improving key public services, councils representing English towns and cities have warned.

Rural and coastal economies could see £51bn boost by 2030 report finds


The recovery from the pandemic could deliver a £51bn economic boost to rural areas by 2030, according to a new report.

Sheffield and Milton Keynes win £1.4m housing funding


Milton Keynes and Sheffield have been awarded £1.4m to help kickstart regeneration and deliver new homes and jobs in each area.

Councils warn half a million jobs at risk in urban centres


Half a million jobs could be lost in urban centres as a result of the pandemic, new analysis has revealed today.

Guidance to help councils boost exports published


Local authority leaders are urging councils to adopt internationalisation strategies that would help local businesses export their goods and services.

UK’s first regional bank granted licence


The UK’s first regional bank has been granted its banking licence and will open the doors of its first branch in Manchester later this year.

Building wealth from within


Tom Lloyd Goodwin, associate director – policy at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), looks at the history of community wealth-building.

Planning policy, a logistical nightmare


Consultancy Turley's Andrea Kellegher looks at how the industrial sector could drive economic recovery if councils could increase logistics land delivery.

Three Lincolnshire councils agree new partnership


Boston Borough, East Lindsey and South Holland District Councils have agreed to share a management team and workforce under the largest partnership of its kind in the country.

Hollywood plans TV and film studio in Hertfordshire


A major new film studio is to be built in Broxbourne Borough, contributing more than £300m to the local economy every year.

Six ‘must haves’ for Boris’ levelling up vision


Nigel Wilcock offers six important points to add to the levelling up debate.

Affordable housing is UK's 'poorest performing measure' finds research


More investment is needed to deliver affordable housing and greater employment opportunities if the Government is to meet its 'levelling up' ambitions, a report has revealed.

St Helens MBC: Dream team looks to a bright future


St Helens is reinventing itself with a new breed of council and radical projects that will revitalise the borough

20 years of economic interventions have failed to help poorest communities, report warns


The last 20 years of local economic interventions have consistently failed to address the inequalities across the UK’s most deprived communities, a new report has warned today.

Green light for UK's first gigaplant


The UK's first battery gigaplant has been given planning permission by Northumberland County Council.

Council chiefs launch campaign to ‘Build Back Local’


Local authority leaders have insisted that the Government must guarantee long-term investment for local services in order to ensure the country’s economic and social recovery after the pandemic.

Net zero could generate £330bn investment into UK, commission finds


Meeting net zero in London and the UK’s Core Cities could bring up to £330bn of investment into the UK, new analysis has revealed.

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