Published: 9th Oct 2020

Whitehall must hand power to local communities in order to realise its ‘levelling up’ and ‘build back better’ agendas, according to a new report.  The report by the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) argues that power must be decentralised and rebalanced around the needs of local places. Key recommendations in the report include calls for more fiscal devolution, citizen-centred public services, cutting Whitehall red tape, promoting a sustainable local economy and strengthening local public health. The research for this paper was conducted by Andrew Walker of the LGIU with Dr Patrick Diamond of the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London, and grant funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), to build up an understanding of the recent history of place-shaping in English governance. ‘Central government must wake up to the nature of the challenges that are playing out in our local areas,’ said the … (To read the full article, subscribe below)