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LEPs: A year like no other

15/06/2021

Alun Rogers, chair of Stoke and Staffordshire LEP, on the 2020-2021 annual review and his hopes for the future of the LEP.

Over £600m awarded to 26 new Town Deals

08/06/2021

The Government has announced the latest round of towns deals, which will see 26 towns across England share over £600m.

Oxford-Cambridge Arc: environment actions not rhetoric

04/06/2021

Cllr Bridget Smith outlines the five Principles that will turn the Ox-Cam region into a ‘Green Arc.’

Building Back Better: a “sharp and clear focus” is required by all parties

25/05/2021

Bev Hurley outlines the three issues that need tackling in order to Build Back Better.

Report finds cities hit by 'Zoomshock' are best placed for economic recovery

21/05/2021

Cities have been hollowed out by COVID but they are still best placed to drive the recovery, a report by economic growth specialists Metro Dynamics has said.

What should our local authorities look like after COVID-19?

21/05/2021

Martin McFadyen explores how local authorities have rapidly adapted since the COVID-19 crisis and how they can continue the speed of digital transformation.

A further 57 high streets chosen for £830m funding boost

19/05/2021

The Prime Minister has announced 57 high streets in England will share over £830m to help them reopen and recover from the pandemic.

Supporting local authorities to level up economies

19/05/2021

How can the construction industry support the public sector to achieve the government’s ambition of levelling up? Paul Kelly reports.

New index reveals most and least prosperous local authorities

13/05/2021

A new index to track the Government's progress on its 'levelling up' agenda has been launched today by a think tank.

Devolution must focus on economy, says think-tank

06/05/2021

Devolution needs to focus on rebuilding the economy rather than local government reorganisation, a think-tank has claimed.

Johnson announces £23.6m Truro Deal

07/04/2021

Truro has secured £23.6m from the Towns Fund to boost the local economy, create jobs and new homes.

Unlocking the potential of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc

07/04/2021

Alex Robinson argues communities and the environment must be central to the Oxford-Cambridge Arc strategy to get local buy-in.

Levelling up funding is 'poorly targeted' report warns

25/03/2021

There are 6.5 million people living in deprived local authorities that will not be helped by the Government's levelling up funding, new analysis has revealed.

East Midlands councils launch development corporation

24/03/2021

A consortium of local authorities in the East Midlands is taking a major step forwards with proposals to launch a body which could trial a new model for planning and cross-regional economic development.

UCL study calls for ‘21st century approach to prosperity’

16/03/2021

A new study has criticised the Government’s top down levelling-up agenda and calls for what it calls a ‘21st century approach to prosperity’.

Why economic growth models must underpin effective HE collaboration

09/03/2021

Jonathan Guest explores how economic development professionals can work effectively with Higher Education Institutions to drive growth.

Why data must unite UK Infrastructure Bank and Levelling Up Fund

08/03/2021

Dr Nicola M Headlam explains why a data-led approach is absolutely vital for local government to avoid spending billions on white elephants.

Budget 2021: Leeds wins bank as infrastructure cash goes North

03/03/2021

The new National Infrastructure Bank will be based in Leeds, the chancellor revealed alongside other Budget announcements badged under the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda.

Local partners welcome £250m Northern Ireland investment deal

24/02/2021

The UK Government is set to sign a £250m investment agreement with local partners in Northern Ireland to boost the economic potential of the region.

Plan could double economic output of Oxford-Cambridge Arc to £200bn, minister says

18/02/2021

The Government has announced a ‘spatial framework’ plan aimed at transforming the economic and cultural potential of the area stretching between Oxford and Cambridge.

Think tank's launches levelling up Big Bang theory

15/02/2021

The Government should launch a Northern Big Bang to ‘unleash a torrent of investment into the Northern economy’ says a report from a Conservative think-tank.

Key Cities group welcomes four new members

03/02/2021

Four more cities - Bath, Exeter, Lincoln and Wrexham - have joined the Key Cities group.

Pandemic is 'levelling down' the South, report warns

25/01/2021

The economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic will make it four times harder to level up the North and Midlands, a new study has revealed.

A ‘bottom up’ response to Brexit

21/01/2021

Paul Frainer argues Brexit and COVID-19 means we are at a crossroads economically, socially and environmentally.

UK cities and towns hardest hit by COVID-19 likely to recover fastest, report finds

20/01/2021

The cities worst hit by the coronavirus pandemic are likely to make the fastest economic recovery, new analysis has revealed today.

COVID-19 living standards hit ‘ahead, rather than behind us’, think tank warns

18/01/2021

The coming year is set to mark the peak of the pandemic-induced living standards downturn for households, especially those on lower incomes, think tank warns.

Sampling COVID’s impact on Surrey

14/01/2021

Michael Coughlin describes how Surrey CC is developing a ‘rich and granular’ understanding of how its residents, communities and the local economy are being impacted by the pandemic.

What do we want our high streets to look like next Christmas?

05/01/2021

Vidhya Alakeson argues that community businesses provide a tremendous opportunity to create vibrant and resilient high streets and communities.

Driving community wealth and green jobs in Lewes

17/12/2020

Isaac Stanley looks at how Lewes DC is using the potential of community wealth building to increase opportunities for ‘green’ jobs, and to tackle both economic injustice and the threat posed by climate change.

Think tank calls for £164bn stimulus in spending review

23/11/2020

The UK’s economy needs a £164bn cash injection to restart it fully after the COVID-19 crisis, a think tank has said.

Regions losing faith in levelling-up agenda, survey reveals

10/11/2020

Only a fifth of people from the Midlands and the North think the Government is doing enough to level up the economy, according to a new study.

Hollywood firm agrees deal to build Dagenham studio

04/11/2020

Barking and Dagenham Council has signed a deal with a Hollywood developer to build a film and TV production centre in Dagenham.

Supporting our young people in the path to economic recovery

03/11/2020

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).

Seven areas across England set to receive nearly £180m investment

27/10/2020

Communities in seven areas across England are set to benefit from up to £178.7m in new Town Deals, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has announced.

Blue wall rebels call for economic kickstart

27/10/2020

Northern Tory MPs led by the former Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry have urged their government to kickstart its promised ‘levelling up’ agenda with a Northern Economic Recovery Plan.

Coronavirus leads to scrapping of three-year Spending Review

21/10/2020

Plans to create a three-year settlement for public spending have been abandoned as latest figures show the havoc coronavirus is wreaking on the public finances.

Levelling up agenda would add £242bn to economy each year, research finds

05/10/2020

Successfully delivering on the levelling agenda would boost the economy by £242bn a year, new research has argued today.

Councils key to levelling up agenda, says report

02/10/2020

Local government must have adequate funding to level-up deprived English towns, according to new research.

Tackling inequality key for post-COVID recovery, say experts

30/09/2020

Safeguarding people's living standards, re-evaluating the role of key workers in society, and reducing inequality are ‘crucial’ for the UK’s economic recovery, researchers say.

‘Lack of direction’ putting levelling up agenda at risk, warns report

28/09/2020

A lack of strategy from the Government is the greatest barrier to levelling up the country, a new report has warned today.

New benchmark reveals top five ‘green economies’ in UK

24/09/2020

The top five green economies per capita in 2018/19 were in south east England, Greater Manchester and the Leeds City Region, according to new research.

Modular housing a 'game-changer' for housing and jobs, experts claim

22/09/2020

Modular housing is a ‘game changer’ and could deliver 75,000 homes a year, a report from experts has claimed.

Tackle health and economic inequalities at local level, economists say

21/09/2020

A group of leading economists says that the Government’s ‘leveling up’ agenda should focus more on devolution and health and economic inequalities, and not just on big infrastructure projects.

Launch of £2bn youth employment scheme

02/09/2020

The Government has launched its £2bn scheme to create thousands of jobs for unemployed young people.

MPs call for evidence to support ‘suburban renaissance’

18/08/2020

The cross-party Suburban Taskforce has today launched a public ‘Call for Evidence’ to help chart a course towards what it describes as a ‘suburban renaissance’ across the country.

Reinvigorating town centres through a root and branch redesign

12/08/2020

Ciara Keeling outlines how successful local authority town centre regeneration and development strategies should look like post COVID-19.

Public back investment for ‘15-minute’ communities

07/08/2020

There is a growing trend to create '15-minute communities' through investment in public health, green infrastructure and town centres, a new survey has revealed.

Major projects must be more responsive to local need, MPs argue

28/07/2020

Hundreds of billions spent on new infrastructure projects could be ‘squandered’ without better co-ordination of local projects, MPs have warned.

Turn high street shops into new homes, urges report

22/07/2020

The Government should stop trying to slow the ‘inevitable’ decline of the high street and instead embrace new ways of saving urban centres, a new paper has argued.

Launch of sustainable development guide for councils

17/07/2020

A new guide to help councils engage with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has been launched.

Prospect of local economic recovery 'weak' warn LEPs

15/07/2020

The majority of local leaders warn the prospect of economic recovery is poor over the next six months.

Ministers urged to create a 'green bank'

03/07/2020

Ministers have been urged to create a Green Bank to fund climate change investment as part of the Government’s multi-billion pound infrastructure investment programme announced earlier this week.

Councils pledge to deliver inclusive growth post-Covid-19

24/06/2020

Councils are taking steps to ensure their communities and local economies are more inclusive post-Covid-19, a new report has revealed.

Ten ways for councils to rebuild local economies post-Covid-19

23/06/2020

Alexander Jan sets out ten ideas to help local authorities get started in rebuilding local economies post-Covid-19.

IFS exposes impact of COVID-19 on different areas

15/06/2020

The balance of protecting public health and returning to economic activity varies from one area to the next, research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

Council planning powers under threat

08/06/2020

Planning powers could be shifted from local authorities to development corporations as part of an economic stimulus package to be announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson later this month.

How local economies can recover from a global crisis

29/05/2020

Chelsea Dosad outlines what priorities local areas should focus on to help support economic recovery.

New £50m fund to help councils open high streets safely

26/05/2020

Councils will have access to a £50m fund to help prepare for the safe reopening of high streets and other retail spaces.

'Red Wall' areas most at risk of economic scarring, think tank warns

21/05/2020

Red Wall communities areas are most vulnerable to permanent economic scarring as a result of coronavirus, new research has warned today.

Jenrick launches plans to kickstart housing market

13/05/2020

Housing secretary Robert Jenrick has restarted the housing market as part of the Government’s plans to ease lockdown.

Put localism at the heart of recovery, say city leaders

11/05/2020

A centralised ‘command and control approach’ to easing lockdown will not work, city leaders have claimed.

'Too early to tell' if councils need more cash, says Jenrick

07/05/2020

It is ‘too early to tell’ if councils will need more cash to tackle coronavirus, communities secretary Robert Jenrick has said.

A tipping point for town centres?

16/04/2020

Nigel Wilcock warns that many town centre businesses are now probably terminally damaged – and genuine change will be essential.

NIC launches future of rail consultation

26/03/2020

The National Infrastructure Commission has launched a consultation on the future rail landscape of the North and the Midlands as part of the Government’s ‘levelling up’ agenda.

North of Tyne mayor announces nearly £20m funding package to ‘boost’ business

03/03/2020

The mayor of North of Tyne has announced a £19.75m funding package to support business growth and innovation.

Councils set out joint vision for £100m transport transformation

18/02/2020

Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council have submitted a bid for over £100m funding to enhance transport links between the two cities.

Freeports ‘will need to justify special status’

10/02/2020

Government plans to open up to 10 'Freeports' in the UK have been met with scepticism, despite claims that they would ‘unlock a new era of jobs and prosperity’.

West Midlands towns set up board to unlock £3.6bn of funding

31/01/2020

Newcastle-under-Lyme and Kidsgrove are pushing ahead with ambitious plans to unlock millions of pounds of Government investment designed to give towns a boost.

Council chiefs call for devolution of skills funding

16/01/2020

Six million people in England risk being without a job or in work they are over-qualified for by 2030, council chiefs have warned.

Former SSI steelworks secures £71m funding boost

10/01/2020

The Government has confirmed an extra £71m will be spent to get the former SSI steelworks in Redcar ready for redevelopment.

Building a better healthcare cluster

09/01/2020

Outside of the Golden Triangle of Oxford, Cambridge and London, only the North West has been able to develop successful science and technology clusters. Neil Murray reports.

Pilot areas announced as part of effort to ‘rejuvenate’ high streets

02/01/2020

The Government has announced 14 new pilot areas that will receive tailored expert support to assist in rejuvenating their town centres.

Liverpool to host ‘first permanent’ city zip line

20/12/2019

Liverpool could be host to the ‘first permanent’ city zip line in the UK, the city council has announced.

Maximising the benefits of One Public Estate

18/12/2019

Donna Heath says a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

County leaders call for an end to ‘city centric policy obsession’

18/12/2019

Councils have urged the new Government to focus less on cities and to invest more in towns and deprived communities to help level up ‘left-behind’ areas.

Top 100: Our most popular local government stories of 2019

10/12/2019

From calls to a 10% pay rise for council staff to declaring a climate change emergency, here is our countdown of the 100 most popular stories on LocalGov during 2019.

Report highlights nine inspirational towns

29/11/2019

A collection of case studies to show how towns can prevent decline and create new opportunities for change has been published.

Regional inequality in UK is worst than comparable countries, says think tank

27/11/2019

Regional inequalities in the UK are ‘far worse than in any comparable country’, a think tank has warned today.

Viewing economic development differently

26/11/2019

Sustainability: is it time to view economic development through a different lens? Mark Lynam reports.

Landscape to deliver growth 'needs simplified'

26/11/2019

The head of the Institute of Economic Development has hit out at England’s ‘dazzling array of bodies and schemes’ to deliver growth that are ‘confusing even to seasoned commentators’.

Halving regional productivity gap would boost economy by £83bn

26/11/2019

The UK economy could be boosted by £83bn per year if regions with below average productivity could close just half of their shortfall, according to a new report.

Welsh growth deal worth £240m makes ‘progress’

05/11/2019

The UK and Welsh governments have signed a growth deal with local representatives that could see the creation of 4,000 jobs in the North of Wales.

Whitehall announces £18m for a dozen ‘left behind' areas

04/11/2019

The education secretary Gavin Williamson has today announced that the Opportunity Area programme will receive more funding to help improve educational outcomes and careers advice.

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.

Towns ‘starved’ of investment, think tank says

08/10/2019

A think tank has warned that towns are ‘starved of the investment they badly need’ as most foreign direct investment goes to the major cities.

Trafford Council signs £50m property deal

03/10/2019

Trafford Council and Bruntwood Works have exchanged contracts on a £50m joint venture.

HS2 proposals could bring £1.4bn of benefits, Midlands transport body says

09/09/2019

New plans submitted to the review of the controversial HS2 scheme propose directly connecting the city centres of Birmingham and Nottingham and Leicester and Leeds with high speed trains.

100 places chosen to develop new town deals

06/09/2019

Towns across England have been invited to develop proposals for new multi-million pound Town Deals.

Council leaders calls for green light on HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail

03/09/2019

Council leaders have joined a new campaign to ensure the Government goes ahead with HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

Tackle racial inequalities to promote growth in the North, think tanks says

16/08/2019

A new policy briefing has called for racial inequalities to be tackled as part of an inclusive economic growth agenda for the North.

Free-trade zones to ‘turbocharge’ investment, Whitehall claims

02/08/2019

The Government has invited ports and airports across the UK to bid to become one of 10 new free trade areas in a move it argues will boost post-Brexit trade.

PM announces £300m for devolved nations

29/07/2019

The prime minister has announced £300m of new funding to support the expansion of Growth Deals across Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as he reassures the UK that Brexit will not threaten the union.

How cities can use the circular economy to benefit their citizens

17/07/2019

Joke Dufourmont outlines the three key ways local authorities can attract jobs, investment and social capital in their local circular economy.

Council welcomes £65m Growth Deal

12/07/2019

Moray Council has said that its area’s economy is ‘set to be transformed’ by a £65m Growth Deal, announced yesterday by the UK and Scottish governments.

LEPs ‘lack transparency’ despite receiving £12bn of Government funding

05/07/2019

The Government has ‘no real understanding’ of the impact which the Local Growth Fund has had on local economic growth despite investing £12bn of taxpayers’ money, MPs say.

Northern Powerhouse: The first five years

01/07/2019

The Northern Powerhouse has celebrated its fifth birthday. But what is it, and what has it achieved? Mark Whitehead investigates.

Rebalancing the economy: our time is now

27/06/2019

Nigel Wilcock calls for a different approach to tackle regional imbalances in economic growth.

Post-Brexit free trade zones could ‘rebalance the economy’, think tank claims

25/06/2019

Whitehall should establish free trade zones in most deprived areas after Brexit in order to incentivise growth and rebalance the economy, think tank argues.

Innovation is the new regeneration

24/06/2019

Rachel Dickie explains how a new joint venture will help cities across the country to create new ‘innovation districts’.

Measuring success is more than just boosting GDP

20/06/2019

The past decade in local government has been dominated by pushing forward local economies, with subtle shifts in focus, but tirelessly chasing GDP, says Heather Jameson. But is there a new way?

LEPs: A year like no other image

LEPs: A year like no other

Alun Rogers, chair of Stoke and Staffordshire LEP, on the 2020-2021 annual review and his hopes for the future of the LEP.
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