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Attracting investment infrastructure

Attracting investment for local infrastructure

Infrastructure plays a critical role supporting local communities and the local economy. It can unlock an area’s potential, enable residents to access new education, skills, and work opportunities, support local retail and business areas, and increase the viability of new sites for homes and businesses.

Sector-led improvement
The future of non-metropolitan England: the freedom to lead local places COVER

The future of non-metropolitan England: the freedom to lead local places - the final report

With the country at an historic crossroads, this report sets out a course for the future of non-metropolitan England.

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The future of non-metropolitan England: Moving the conversation on - the interim report

‘Non metropolitan England’ is an expression that captures the large and small towns, the villages and hamlets, the coastal communities and the rural and the deeply rural areas in which 62 per cent of the English population live. It refers to a diverse range of places with significant differences in their demographic make-up, geography and economy, populated by people that want to live fulfilled and successful lives and businesses that strive to prosper and grow.

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Don't be left in the dark: Devolution and mayors

This short guide gives information on the role of combined authority mayors, what they will do and what this means for the residents they serve.

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Devolution: our offer of support

We want to help councils at all stages of their devolution journey and offer a range of support, from advice and research to networking and events.

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Don't be left in the dark: Devolution questions answered

This guide provides answers to some of the key questions about devolution and what it means for councils, their residents and communities.

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Learning from English devolution deals

Drawing on the experience of the devolution deals agreed since November 2014 – and Greater Manchester’s experience in particular – the research has found four major themes critical to the success of a distinctively English form of devolution.

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English Devolution: Learning lessons from international models of sub-national governance

Key points of learning for those faced with strategic choices regarding devolved governance arrangements.

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What next for devolution?

A green paper to encourage local debate and generate wider scrutiny of the whole devolution process.

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Combined authorities: a plain English guide

A combined authority (CA) is a legal body set up using national legislation that enables a group of two or more councils to collaborate and take collective decisions across council boundaries.