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Mayors meet to hear growth plans

13/05/2024

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

24/04/2024

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

18/04/2024

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

16/04/2024

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

14/03/2024

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

23/01/2024

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

22/01/2024

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

19/01/2024

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

Culture year to launch with raft of events

02/01/2024

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

22/12/2023

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

21/12/2023

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

23/11/2023

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

21/11/2023

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

21/11/2023

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

Land value tax could redistribute billions

09/11/2023

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

08/11/2023

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

07/11/2023

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’

21/09/2023

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

29/08/2023

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

04/08/2023

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

20/07/2023

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

Hull plans ‘innovative’ box park venue

18/07/2023

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

18/07/2023

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

17/07/2023

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

07/07/2023

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

Pledge promotes prosperity

04/07/2023

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

04/07/2023

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

29/06/2023

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

15/06/2023

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

06/06/2023

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

26/05/2023

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

17/05/2023

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

16/05/2023

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

North East has highest percentage of empty shops

10/05/2023

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

02/05/2023

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

28/04/2023

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

Labour pledges to revitalise high streets

12/04/2023

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

23/03/2023

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

20/03/2023

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

17/03/2023

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

15/03/2023

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

13/03/2023

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

08/03/2023

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

06/03/2023

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

01/03/2023

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

08/02/2023

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

06/02/2023

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

08/12/2022

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

Labour outlines huge devolution push

05/12/2022

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

04/12/2022

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’

30/11/2022

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

23/11/2022

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

21/11/2022

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

18/11/2022

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

17/11/2022

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

18/10/2022

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'

10/10/2022

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

03/10/2022

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

Government urged to ‘turbocharge’ devolution

26/09/2022

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

23/09/2022

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

02/09/2022

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

08/08/2022

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

26/07/2022

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

25/07/2022

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

21/07/2022

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

18/07/2022

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

13/06/2022

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

11/05/2022

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

11/05/2022

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

31/03/2022

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

23/03/2022

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

02/02/2022

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

01/02/2022

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

17/01/2022

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

06/12/2021

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

16/11/2021

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

04/11/2021

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

03/11/2021

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?

15/10/2021

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

11/10/2021

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

08/10/2021

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

24/09/2021

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

20/09/2021

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

14/09/2021

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

14/09/2021

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

10/09/2021

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

10/09/2021

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

07/09/2021

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

26/08/2021

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

12/08/2021

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

09/08/2021

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

06/08/2021

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

02/08/2021

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

21/07/2021

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

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

13/07/2021

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

12/07/2021

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

07/07/2021

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

07/07/2021

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

Council chiefs launch campaign to ‘Build Back Local’

06/07/2021

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

02/07/2021

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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