We need a new devolution settlement that empowers local areas to forge their own answers to the challenges they face.
Amy-Grace Whillans-Welldrake, Author at NewStart
Devolution presents an important opportunity to create a progressive whole system approach to children’s services in which local and combined authorities are empowered to integrate and deliver effective health and social care services within a locally controlled and accountable system.
Despite the significant challenges facing councils, there are still a number of ways which local authorities can tackle poverty at the local level. As the austerity driven policy context means that poverty can no longer be addressed through special initiatives, places need to use their existing powers and relationships to collaborate and address the issue in a coordinated manner.
Devolution is fundamentally about empowering citizens to exercise their right to shape their civic institutions and public services by devolving power and accountability to the local level.