Do combined authorities hold the key to dealing with issues like air quality, asks Jamie Hailstone Along with social care funding and Brexit, devolution has been one of the hottest topics of the past year in local government. All over the country, town hall leaders have been burning the midnight oil, trying to agree combined authority deals, which will see money and powers transferred down from Whitehall to their respective regions. Many of the bids, which have either been agreed or are still under discussion, have focused on regional issues, such as transport, infrastructure and skills. But could devolution also hold the key for other cross-boundary issues, like air quality? In West Yorkshire, the combined authority has been working with five local authorities – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield – to draw up a low emissions strategy for the whole region. The West Yorkshire Low Emissions Strategy has been funded … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart