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Devolution: a road map

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Local Government Information Unit
Date of publication
4 June 2015
Social Policy, Community Development and Regeneration

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This paper outlines proposals to invert the current relationship between central and local government by creating a locally led process of devolution in England, which would strengthen local economies and improve public services. It sets out the practical ways in which devolution can happen at scale and at speed to avoid a bureaucratic log jam in Whitehall. Key elements of the Road Map include:

  • a system of accountable checks and balances overseen by Parliament (and responsive to local citizens);
  • devolved power to networks of towns and counties across the country as well as cities; and
  • a culture of collaboration between local authorities, sharing expertise and resources to achieve better outcomes for the public.

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