Governance and devolution: charting the way

Posted on December 1, 2016 by Ed Hammond.

Devolution is of interest to everyone in local government. This CfPS publication explores some of the common challenges around governance and devolution and how a number of areas have tried to resolve them. The research highlighted a number of key issues for devolved areas – principally the need for a clear sense for each local area to understand the rational underpinning devolution, and the existence of a “sequence” for the devolution process, at each point of which a space has to be found for scrutiny by the public and by elected members. 

This report will be of specific interest for those with a responsibility for managing the establishment of a combined authority, for developing detailed governance arrangements on a devolution deal, for overseeing or scrutinising the devolution deal process, and for a wider group of councillors, council officers, partners, and interested citizens. 

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About the Author: Ed Hammond

(Director of Local Accountability) Ed leads CfPS's work on devolution, transformation and on support to councils and other public bodies on governance and accountability.