Subnational bodies: lessons learned from established and emerging approaches

Economic recovery from COVID-19 - the biggest public health and economic crisis we have faced for generations - will require a multi-tiered systems approach to economic management.

Re-thinking local: funding services and investing in communities - horizontal orange stripes with an orange icon of a location pin with a pound sign in the foreground

A recovery that builds back better, to level up opportunities cannot just be run from the centre, nor just from local areas, it needs a partnership at local, pan-regional and national level. This needs to recognise the reality of functional economic areas at sub-regional level, and the benefits that can be achieved through strategic collaboration at pan-regional level.

This report looks at the lessons learned from the experience of subnational bodies and suggests some principles that ought to underpin their further development.

What next for subnational bodies?

The report outlines several principles, drawn from the research, about how subnational bodies could evolve in the context of further devolution and economic recovery.