The English devolution programme is gathering pace and it is crucial that local authority leaders consider five issues when they are combining to seek new devolved powers from government. 1. Be clear about what is right for their area or sub-region. Local government should be pursuing devolution on its own terms. They should have a clear vision for what is being sought and an equally clear narrative to explain the benefits of the proposal, the processes required to establish new arrangements and the structures necessary for governance and delivery. 2. Ensure a robust consensus among participating councils and their leaders; and an understanding of how they will collaborate at all stages of the process, and how any differences will be resolved to the common good. They need to demonstrate in advance what the governance arrangements will be and how decision makers will be held to account, including political scrutiny, public … (To read the full article, subscribe below)
John Tizard is an independent strategic advisor and commentator on public policy and services. He is a former council leader and was director of the Centre for Public Service Partnerships.
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