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Council funding crisis ‘existential’


Local government’s funding crisis threatens to derail ambitions to level up the north of England, it has been claimed.

Northern households pay £250 more council tax


Households in the North are paying on average £250 a year more than they should for council tax due to ' outdated council tax bands’, campaigners say.

Call for council tax overhaul


Work should begin now on the ‘long-overdue’ revaluation of all domestic properties in England to bolster local government finance, a think-tank has argued.

Dismay as HS2 funds rerouted to fix potholes in London


The Government’s decision to redirect HS2 funding to fix potholes in London under the Network North plan has been strongly criticised by Northern leaders.

Autumn Statement 2023: Where does all the HS2 money go now?


Jessica Bowles, director of strategic partnerships and impact at Bruntwood, discusses the future of Northern Powerhouse Rail.

Mayors call for Northern ‘New Deal’


Mayors and business leaders are set to urge the main political parties to put the North of England at the heart of their 2024 general election manifestos.

Levelling up for the next generation


John Rayson, Atkins’ managing director for the North, asks if the aspirations of the next generation align with decision-makers in the North.

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.

Tourism tax could raise councils nearly £430m, study says


More than £428m a year could be raised by imposing a £1-a-night levy on visitors staying in hotels, according to the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP).

Northern Powerhouse group calls for ‘proper fiscal devolution’


New council tax ‘super bands’ covering the most valuable properties and the devolution of stamp duty will help local leaders retain local cash, report says.

Private investment in North up 72%


Foreign direct investment (FDI) into the North has increased by 72% in the last five years despite dropping across the rest of the UK, new research reveals.

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.

Northern leaders call for re-think on 'woefully inadequate' rail plan


Political leaders from across the North have written to the transport secretary to ‘propose a way forward’ on Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR).

Think tank's launches levelling up Big Bang theory


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.

Pandemic costs the North nearly £7bn


The North of England’s economy has been hit harder than the rest of the country during the COVID-19 pandemic with inequalities between the North and the rest of the UK exacerbated, a new study finds.

Blue wall rebels call for economic kickstart


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.

Think tank calls for £100bn investment in the North's nature


The Government has been urged by a think tank to invest up to £100bn over the next 25 years to create a plan for nature in the North of England.

North disproportionately hit by housing cutbacks - research


Increased funding and investment in planning skills are required to reverse disproportionate cuts to councils in the north of England, according to research published today.

Freeports ‘will need to justify special status’


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’.

School league tables ‘misrepresent’ performance, northern leaders say


Secondary school league tables misrepresent performance by failing to show the difference when pupil background is taken into account, northern leaders say.

Queen's Speech 19: Devolution White Paper to set out 'structural reform'


An English devolution White Paper is planned by the Government, it has been confirmed in the Queen’s Speech.

Leaders in the North tell PM to back ‘genuine devolution’


Northern leaders called on the prime minister to ‘stand on the side of genuine devolution’ as Mr Johnson pledged to give more power to people and businesses in the North.

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


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

London set for three times more transport investment than North


London is in line for almost three times more transport investment per person than the North of England, according to IPPR North.

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


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

Council chiefs call for billions to fix North’s ‘creaking infrastructure’


Leaders from across the North have today called on the Government to commit to multi-billion pound infrastructure pledges that would boost the region’s economic fortunes.

Nearly £400m to be invested along the English and Scottish border


Just under £395m is to be invested into five local authority areas on both sides of the border between England and Scotland, Whitehall and Holyrood say.

Northern Powerhouse: The first five years


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

Mayors want Northern franchise scrapped


Two North West metro mayors have called on transport secretary Chris Grayling to terminate the Northern rail franchise ‘as soon as possible’.

Better planning needed to make Northern Powerhouse ‘effective’


Joined-up planning is needed to make the Northern Powerhouse effective, according to an expert report.

MPs call for more commitment to transport in the North


A group of over 80 Parliamentarians have written to the Chancellor arguing that the Government does not have to choose between HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail because ‘we need both’.

Has the Government ‘gone cold’ on the Northern Powerhouse?


Neil Merrick talks to the Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry about the progress of developments in the North.

Osborne blasts May’s ‘lack of vision’ over Northern Powerhouse


George Osborne has criticised the Government’s ‘lack of vision’ when it comes to developing the North and has called for ‘action’ from the Prime Minister.

Anderson quits Northern Powerhouse Partnership in frustration


Former chancellor George Osborne has voiced sympathy with Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson’s decision to quit the Northern Powerhouse Partnership.

Northern Powerhouse needs ‘clear break’ with original vision, report says


The Government should commit to a ‘whole North’ approach to development rather than just focusing on the Manchester region, think tank says.

Northern Powerhouse experiences ‘building boom’


Northern cities are leading a British ‘building boom’, according to a new study on where and in which sectors development is taking place.

Whitehall system for assessing housing demand ‘cap on northern aspiration’


The North could miss out on tens of thousands of new homes and jobs as a result of a system which favours housebuilding in the South, according to northern housing associations.

‘Global exporters’ provide boost for Northern Powerhouse


Four new ‘global exporters’ have joined the Government’s flagship programme for developing the North of England.

MPs call for £100bn Northern transport investment


The Government has been urged to invest £100bn on Northern infrastructure by 2050 to deliver major strategic road and rail projects.

Whitehall launches new ‘Council for the North’


The Government will launch a modern day ‘Council for the North’ in an effort to overcome the historic North-South divide.

MP calls on Whitehall to tackle North-South education divide


The chair of the education committee has called on the Government to do more to improve education standards in the north of England.

Children should be at ‘the heart’ of the Northern Powerhouse, commissioner says


Children should be placed at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, commissioner says as report reveals wide inequalities between children depending on where they are born.

Report calls for investment in education and skills to boost Northern Powerhouse


A new report has called for a £300m increase in Government funding for disadvantaged areas across the North to ensure every child is school ready by the age of five.

Javid proposes compromise over Yorkshire devolution


Javid has attempted to break Yorkshire's devolution deadlock with proposal to satisfy supporters of the Sheffield City Region and One Yorkshire devolution.

Northern Powerhouse must ‘let the people in’, report says


The Government’s city-centric approach to the Northern Powerhouse needs to be adapted to allow all communities to shape the future of devolution, report says.

£15m fund to support culture and tech projects in the North


Eleven towns and cities from across Northern England have bid for a share of a new £15m fund to support major culture and tech capital projects.

Council leaders join forces to promote Northern Powerhouse


Council leaders have joined forces with MPs, lords, mayors and businesses in a parliamentary group to promote the Northern Powerhouse.

Northern Powerhouse gets £400m funding boost


Chancellor Philip Hammond is expected to announce an extra £400m for the north of England at the Conservative Party conference today.

London-centric policies have left North underfunded by billions, think tank says


A think tank has slammed successive Governments for leaving the North underfunded compared to London in what they describe as a ‘national scandal’.

Whitehall’s industrial strategy must be ‘locally led’, think tank says


The Government’s industrial strategy must be led locally, think tank says as Whitehall announces a £556m cash boost for the Northern Powerhouse.

Businesses give ‘major boost’ to Northern Powerhouse agenda


More organisations have signed up to the Northern Powerhouse, bringing the total involved in the scheme to 31.

Planning approvals faster in Northern Powerhouse than Greater London


Local planning authorities in the Northern Powerhouse deliver 22% more planning decisions per resident than those in Greater London, new research shows.

Northern powerhouse agenda at ‘fork in the road’


The northern powerhouse is at a ‘fork in the road’ and requires more ‘local leadership’ to succeed, says Lord Kerslake.

Northern Powerhouse agenda 'firing on all cylinders'


The Tees Valley region has received its first payment of £15m under its devolution deal.

Burnham calls for backing for Northern Powerhouse


The Government should ‘deepen its commitment to the Northern Powerhouse, not abandon it’ as part of the response to Brexit, according to Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham.

Northern Powerhouse ‘here to stay’, says Osborne


George Osborne is to chair an independent partnership which will bring together business and civic leaders to maintain momentum of the Northern Powerhouse.

Whitehall should invest in low carbon ‘green engine’ of the Northern Powerhouse


The Government should support the ‘green engine’ of the Northern Powerhouse by investing more in the low carbon economy, a new report argues.

Whitehall remains committed to the Northern Powerhouse, ministers say


The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to building the Northern Powerhouse.

Brexit vote ‘clear message’ to build the Northern Powerhouse, chancellor says


The result of the EU referendum was an instruction ‘to deliver the Northern Powerhouse and make it a reality’, chancellor says as think tank calls for the creation of a Northern council.

Northern Powerhouse could create 850,000 new jobs


New technologies, infrastructure and investment could help transform the North of England’s economy, according to an independent review.

Small northern cities add £82bn to economy annually, new study


The North’s small and medium-sized cities (SMCs) contribute more than Wales and Northern Ireland combined to the UK economy every year - but they need to be better connected to the bigger cities, report says.

Northern Powerhouse must focus on productivity argues think tank


The Northern Powerhouse will only succeed if more resources are spent on underperforming cities in the region, according to a new report.

Think tank warns northern schools are being underfunded


Schools in the North of England should be given more cash to put them on a level playing field with the South, according to a think tank.

Northern powerhouse cities lagging behind on inclusion


The leaders of city regions in the Northern Powerhouse have been urged to make cities 'more inclusive' to ensure everyone benefits from economic growth.

Five cities make joint Northern Powerhouse pledge


Five core cities have published a joint statement pledging to work together to achieve the next phase of the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Government pledges millions to tackle Yorkshire’s potholes


The Government has committed an extra £25.6m to help North Yorkshire tackle the scourge of potholes as part of its drive to build the Northern Powerhouse.

Budget 2016: Osborne unveils further devolution deals


New elected mayors for English counties and southern cities have been announced by chancellor George Osborne as he insisted the ‘devolution revolution is taking hold’.

Think tank calls for Northern Teaching Premium


Schools in the North of England should be able to pay a premium to attract the best teachers to tackle the widening education gap, according to think tank ResPublica.

Liverpool should be connected to HS2, urges report


Liverpool should be joined to the high speed rail route in order to maximise the city’s contribution to the Northern Powerhouse, says ResPublica.

Date announced for election of Greater Manchester’s first mayor


The first-ever mayor of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will be elected on Thursday 4 May 2017, the Government announced yesterday.

North Wales in need of more devolution, argues Manchester leader


More devolution is required for North Wales to grow, according to the Manchester City Council leader.

Liverpool joins the devolution revolution


Liverpool today became the latest city region to join the Northern Powerhouse when it signed a devolution deal with the Government.

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