Devolution: council resources

Information and tools on devolution to help local authorities.

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This page provides your council with all of the information and tools you need to understand, navigate and communicate devolution. This page is updated regularly. If you haven't found what you are looking for you can also visit our Devolution Topic Page.

 Legislative and operational guides

Learning from previous deals and international examples

Devolution communications and engagement

Devolution and public scrutiny

A practical toolkit for emerging combined authorities  

The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny (CfGS) has published a practical toolkit looking at the process of creating and negotiating a devolution deal. This sets out ways to clarify the scope and nature of the local ask and the key governance issues to consider while the proposal is being developed and once a deal is agreed.   

Cards on the table: English devolution and governance

This detailed and comprehensive paper looks at every aspect of the English devolution process – from the initial scoping out of a proposal to Government, to the implementation of a deal on the ground.

Combined authority governance during COVID-19: lessons learnt  

The Centre for Governance and Scrutiny (CfGS) has published a debrief on governance issues arising from COVID-19. This looks at the challenges faced by combined authorities, the importance of upholding transparency and accountability, and how they can improve governance structures.

Governance and devolution: charting the way

Devolution is of interest to everyone in local government. This CfGS publication explores some of the common challenges around governance and devolution and how a number of areas have tried to resolve them.

Overview and scrutiny in combined authorities – a plain English guide

Overview and scrutiny in combined authorities: a plain English guide provides officers and members with a straightforward guide to the legislation as it relates to scrutiny in combined authority (CA) areas.

The guide covers key areas such as, the role of scrutiny, resourcing the function, who should form part of the combined scrutiny group, who to chair committees, co-opting etc.