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Stronger Towns Fund: This isn’t bribery, it’s daylight robbery.

On Monday (4 March) the government announced its ‘Stronger Towns Fund’ which it hailed as “a £1.6 billion fund to boost growth and give communities a greater say in their future after Brexit”.  Most of the media’s coverage of this has focused on claims that this fund is in fact an attempt by the Prime […]

Blog: Brexit chaos blazons the urgency of reform

Earlier this month the Japanese car maker Honda revealed (18/2/19) are likely to close their Swindon factory in the coming years, putting all 3,500 of their employees at the site out of work. This news came just a day after the airline FlyBmi collapsed and earlier this month the decision by Nissan not to build […]

Westminster is Strangling Local Government

Local councils around the UK are required by law to maintain a balanced budget, spending no more than they can afford. If only central government had the same requirement! But recently, council after council has either had to dip into their emergency savings, sell off assets, slash public services or simply break the law and […]

Blog: We need English devolution, not metro mayors

In December last year residents of Doncaster and Barnsley voted to reject the government’s ‘Sheffield City Region’ combined authority which will see an elected metro mayor in a region straddling South Yorkshire, and parts of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has persistently rejected demands from many of the region’s politicians, including MPs and […]