LGA responds to the Devolution APPG Levelling Up Devo report

"On the back of this report, councils and parliamentarians should now unite to ensure the Government’s upcoming Devolution and Recovery White Paper brings forward at pace a new devolution settlement for England, led by councils and their local communities.”


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Commenting on a report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Devolution, which calls on the Government to rethink a culture of centralisation, Chairman of the Local Government Association Cllr James Jamieson said:

“This is a crucial report as it helps move forward a much needed conversation on devolution. The LGA has been making the case for the devolution of powers and funding to local communities to further improve services for everyone. Councils continue to play a crucial role during the current COVID-19 crisis and have demonstrated that with the right funding and freedoms, they can improve people’s lives and ensure the successful delivery of those priorities that are shared by national and local government.

“Over the last decade, England has taken steps towards greater devolution. However, as this report finds, this can and must go further and faster. On the back of this report, councils and parliamentarians should now unite to ensure the Government’s upcoming Devolution and Recovery White Paper brings forward at pace a new devolution settlement for England, led by councils and their local communities.”