Building an evidence base

Building a case for devolution? What is the argument for decentralisation? In addition to the LGA's main publications on devolution, these resources and evidence can be used to understand what can be achieved through devolved powers and funding.

Financial Analysis

An excel based tax and expenditure analysis tool by New Economy, commissioned by LGA and Core Cities.

ESPRESSO provides tables and charts that are customisable to individual authority districts, years and groupings of districts. Currently, the tool includes data for 2013/14 and 2014/15. Further data will be added as it becomes available.


Final report of the Non-metropolitan Commission on Economic Growth and the Future of Public Services in Non-Metropolitan England.

Unleashing Metro Growth: Final Recommendations of the City Growth Commission
Final report of the commission.

Tom Walker, Director of Cities and Local Growth at DCLG, on the elements which make for a strong case for devolution

Local government finance and public service reform

An independent report for the LGA.

A report for the LGA on approaches to pooling resources for public service transformation.

Financing English Devolution - Independent Commission on Local Government Finance
Final report of the commission.

Skills and employment support

An independent report for the LGA.

An LGA report.

Realising Talent: the case for devolved employment and skills
A series of three LGA reports.

Local success models of devolved employment and skills schemes
An independent report and research for the LGA.

Hidden Talents
The LGA's Hidden Talents Programme explores what works in supporting young people and makes recommendations for reforming public services.


Missing media.

This report set out some of LGA's key asks in advance of the Housing White Paper.

LGA Response to Housing White Paper
LGA's 2017 consultation response.

An LGA report.

Culture, tourism and sport



Health and social care




An LGA report.