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Devolution explained

Everything you need to know about devolution in England.

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What is devolution?

In England, devolution is the transfer of powers and funding from national to local government. It is important because it ensures that decisions are made closer to the local people, communities and businesses they affect.

Devolution will provide greater freedoms and flexibilities at a local level, meaning councils can work more effectively to improve public services for their area.

The result will be more effective, better targeted public services, greater growth and stronger partnerships between public, private and community leaders in local areas.

Without devolution, decisions will continue to be made in Westminster, removed from communities that they affect.