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The Living Standards Outlook 2019

March 18, 2019

The last two years have been “strikingly poor” for living standards, and further hard times may lie ahead according to new analysis by the Resolution Foundation. Living standards are influenced by both economic conditions and government policy so policy makers can help improve disposable incomes through their policy decisions.

Viewpoint: Six weeks to save local economic growth…

August 16, 2018 by LGiU

OK – now I’ve got your attention, I admit the headline is slightly OTT. But, I promise readers, this is less far-fetched and more grounded than most of the ‘fake news’ and hysterical banners with which we are daily assailed from national politicians and their preferred media platforms, says David…

What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth – update

June 15, 2016

This briefing provides an update on the progress of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. It describes 11 reviews of evidence the Centre has undertaken in general terms and summarises the findings. It also describes two recent “toolkits” that the Centre has published in relation to these reviews.

Election 2015: How the Parties will Tax, Cut, and Support Growth

April 29, 2015

How are the political parties proposing to tackle the challenges of deficit reduction and economic growth? This comprehensive briefing sets out the macroeconomic challenges, and the solutions to them, proposed in party manifestos – of particular interest for members and officers involved with corporate strategy, finance and regeneration


English devolution and intermediate tiers of governance

December 22, 2014

This briefing provides local authorities (LAs) and partners with an overview of issues and proposals being advocated for 2015-20 devolution agendas in England. It considers, in particular, often fraught issues around LA relationships with any 'intermediate tier' of governance - i.e. institutions between individual LAs and national government. It will…

Cities, Growth and Poverty: a Review of the Evidence

March 13, 2014

In this report published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, there is a review of the evidence on the links between growth and poverty in UK cities. There is also a review of the strategies and initiatives promoted by city councils to support both economic growth and poverty reduction. There is…

Cities economic growth, enhanced devolution, and relationships with London

February 20, 2014

Both the economic data and the national policy context makes an understanding of 'cities' in general, and London in particular, crucial for local authorities and partners involved in promoting economic growth and development. This briefing reviews a number of recent developments which either reveal new insights into the data (e.g.…