Published: 28th May 2015

Devolution – an unlikely candidate to have captured the imagination of the general public. Yet questions regarding the future of the Union and English devolution have become a pressing concern for political leaders and citizens alike, featuring heavily in recent election debates. This week the Queen’s Speech announced a new Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill, paving the way for a policy that will shape the future of our cities. With the Conservative government’s approach to devolution now on its way to becoming law, what does this mean for the future of the devolution agenda in England? The Conservative model exemplified in Devo Manc has sparked widespread debate as to what such deals represent for the future of Manchester and cities across England. Some see recent devolution reforms as a brilliant opportunity to encourage and release the inherent growth potential within cities, empower citizens and the civil economy, and reduce … (To read the full article, subscribe below)