What next for devolution? A discussion paper

We are launching this green paper, which has been developed with the involvement of councils, to encourage local debate and generate wider scrutiny of the whole devolution process. This paper is an attempt to unblock some of those frustrations and debate some of those concerns.

Devo Next Green Paper


Combined authority: a plain English guide

The creation of a CA means that member councils can be more ambitious in their joint working and can take advantage of powers and resources devolved to them from national government.

While established by Parliament, CAs are locally owned and have to be initiated and supported by the councils involved.

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English Devolution: Learning lessons from international models of sub-national governance

To help build this wider understanding the Local Government Association (LGA) commissioned Professor Robin Hambleton of the University of the West of England to carry out an international review of different models of sub-national governance, assess them according to six principles of good governance and draw out the key points of learning for those faced with strategic choices regarding devolved governance arrangements.



Skills for future growth: tackling skills gaps and supporting growth

This report sets out key points where employment and skills interventions could be more effectively managed locally if government and councils work together to address them. Councils want to sustain the momentum around apprenticeships and drive up their quality. They want long-term funding certainty around skills and employment and adequate resources to play a vital role in managing and coordinating local provision.



Local solutions – boosting the visitor economy

The visitor economy is one of this country’s fastest growing economic sectors. Councils and their local partners play a crucial role in leading and creating the conditions for the visitor economy to thrive.



Don’t be left in the dark: Devolution questions answered

Following the passing of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016, this guide provides answers to some of the key questions about devolution and what it means for councils, their residents and communities.