Resetting the relationship between local and national government. Read our Local Government White Paper

The future of non-metropolitan England: Moving the conversation on - the interim report

‘Non metropolitan England’ is an expression that captures the large and small towns, the villages and hamlets, the coastal communities and the rural and the deeply rural areas in which 62 per cent of the English population live. It refers to a diverse range of places with significant differences in their demographic make-up, geography and economy, populated by people that want to live fulfilled and successful lives and businesses that strive to prosper and grow.

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This paper is the very start of our campaign ahead of the Spending Review. We have published a series of papers, commissioned by LGA boards, which start the new thinking around building the case for long term, sustained investment in local government as well as laying out the positive outcomes this would deliver for the country. You can also find papers regarding:  

local government funding

housing, planning and homelessness

improving schools


a sustainable adult social care and support system for the long term.

Over the coming months, we will be seeking your thoughts and evidence to further strengthen the rallying call to Government.