Devolution to local areas will require enhanced arrangements for democratic engagement and oversight.
There is no ‘one-size-fits-all' solution to the stronger local governance arrangements that may be needed when significant new responsibilities are devolved. People should be free to choose the appropriate model of governance for their community.
Making decisions locally will bring significant economic and social benefits for city regions and counties. As recognised in the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, the push to decentralise power must include non-metropolitan areas and we are ready to work with the Government to meet this aspiration.
Councils have already made £20 billion in savings since 2010 following reductions in government funding of 40 per cent and have worked hard to shield residents from the impact of funding cuts. If our public services are to survive, we need a radical shift in how public money is raised and spent, combined with proper devolution of decision-making over transport, housing, skills and social care to local areas.