Find out about different local structures and get advice on how you can engage with them.

Engaging locally

Graphic image of different types of housing on a graphResources and information on engaging with LEPs, City Deals and Core Cities.

Working with housing associations

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Do you want to find out more about working together locally with housing associations? 

Want more advice?

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Local Enterprise Partnerships

Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) are a partnership between businesses in local areas and local authorities. Each LEP has two key priorities to increase jobs and economic growth. Locally, they set their own targets which can include actions on planning, housing and other infrastructure priorities. There are 39 LEPs across England.

City Deals and Core Cities

City Deals move away from a 'one size fits all' approach to urban policy, offering cities the chance to gain certain powers (such as taxation) in exchange for proposals on how they will support private sector growth and the freedoms they need to achieve this. Find out more about City Deals

There are 8 Core Cities, outside of London and they have been granted more powers locally to support growth and new jobs in their areas. Find out more about the Core Cities

Latest Localism updates

The Devolution Countdown has begun

28 July 2015

Local authorities looking to form City-regions must submit devolution proposals to Treasury by the 4 September 2015. I wonder if anyone has any summer holidays planned?

Queen’s Speech briefing

29 May 2015

Following the Queen’s Speech we’ve put together a briefing that outlines the details and implications of the announcements including Right to Buy, welfare and devolution.

What greater devolution means for housing associations

26 May 2015

Creating places where people want to live and work is central to George Osborne’s devolution plan. For housing associations the prospect presents significant changes to their operating environments, with policy and...

George Osborne announces a new plan for City Devolution

14 May 2015

The National Housing Federation responds to George Osborne’s announcement today on a City Devolution plan for England, which will give cities new powers over housing, transport, planning and policing if they choose to...

Housing crisis most acute in nation’s biggest cities

24 March 2015

As city leaders, Mayors and housing association chiefs gather today to discuss the housing crisis, new analysis highlights the untapped potential of England’s eight most economically powerful cities outside London to...