The approach to devolution and constitutional reform has often been piecemeal and reactive, and has not addressed the UK as a whole.

The purpose of this inquiry has been to carefully consider how to bring long-lasting and coherent constitutional renewal to the UK.

The Inquiry was commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution to look at how we could better achieve devolution across the whole of the United Kingdom.

The LGA provided the secretariat to the Inquiry and Dr Andrew Blick, King's College London, acted as an adviser to the panel.

Devolution and the Union: A higher ambition (PDF)


Background documents

Terms of reference
Devolution in the UK: Historical Perspective

Evidence sessions

8 September 2015 – Rt Hon Gordon Brown
8 September 2015 – Professor Jim Gallagher and Professor Robert Hazell
30 November 2015 – Lord Porter, Cllr Nick Forbes, Cllr John Pollard, and Cllr Anne Western
30 November 2015 – Cllr Claire Kober, Sir Edward Lister, Ben Rogers, and Professor Tony Travers
7 December 2015 – Age UK, CBI, FSB, and NICVA
7 December 2015 – Professor Vernon Bogdanor
18 January 2016 – Jon Trickett MP
18 January 2016 – COSLA, NILGA, and WLGA
18 January 2016 – Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Published written evidence

Age UK 1 | 2
Arts Council
Association of Town and City Management
British Parking Association
British Retail Consortium (BRC)
Business Services Association 1 | 2
Cllr Candy Atherton
Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS)
Citizens Advice
Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) 1 | 2 | 3
County Councils Network (CCN)
Democracy Matters 1 | 2
District Councils Network 
Electoral Reform Society (ERS) 1 | 2
Engineering Employers' Federation (EEF)
English Democrats
Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)
Institute for Government
Professor Jim Gallagher, Nuffield College
Key Cities 1 | 2
Laura Darnley
Mile End Institute
National Association of Local Councils (NALC) 1 | 2
National Housing Federation
New Local Government Network (NLGN)
NHS Providers
Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) 1 | 2
Oxfordshire County Council
Robert Craig
Professor Robert Hazell
Royal Town Planning Institute
Scope 1 | 2
Shanice Lewis-Spencer
Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI)
South East England Councils
UCL Constitution Unit
Unlock Democracy
Professor Vernon Bogdanor 1 | 2
Wakefield Council
Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) 1 | 2
Westminster City Council

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