LGA responds to a HCLG committee report on devolution

"The forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper provides a real opportunity to turbo-charge the devolution agenda and set out a common baseline of devolved powers and financial freedoms to help to improve the lives of people and businesses right across the country."


Westminster, London

Responding to a report, ‘Progress on devolution in England’ by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee, which calls on devolution to be extended not only to combined authorities, but local government more widely, Cllr James Jamieson, Chairman of the Local Government Association, said:

"Over the last decade, England has taken steps towards greater devolution, but areas outside the city regions have remained stuck in the 'devolution slow lane' and the UK remains one of the most centralised countries in the democratic world.

"The forthcoming Levelling Up White Paper provides a real opportunity to turbo-charge the devolution agenda and set out a common baseline of devolved powers and financial freedoms to help to improve the lives of people and businesses right across the country.

"The pandemic has highlighted the strength of councils' local leadership and the benefits of national and local government working as partners to best serve local communities.

"As we focus on the task of national recovery, now is the right time to strengthen this partnership and bring forward an ambitious new devolution settlement that gives councils the powers and funding they need to address regional inequality, tackle local pockets of deprivation and make towns and communities across England attractive places to live, work and visit.”

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