Devo why, devo how?
Kicking off our 2015/16 campaign on devolution and governance, this report highlights the key steps that we think areas pursuing deals need to consider – including the involvement of the public and the involvement of non-executive councillors.
Devolution presents a huge opportunity to local areas. A vista of new powers is opening up – powers over local health services, over transport planning, over skills and economic development – and the funding to back them up.
There has been widespread public debate and discussion – including referendums – around devolution, and the development of devolved powers, in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This dialogue and openness has not been repeated in England. We think that this needs to change.