In recent decades we have rarely seen such engagement in the constitutional affairs of this country. As our focus turns to the future, the role of local government in representing the people of England will be at the forefront of our minds. The ambitions that councils and local leaders have for their residents and their areas have often been constrained but the opportunities that devolution gives us could see local areas equally transformed.
However, at the same time there are a range of views about how we can achieve some of those ambitions. Now is the right time for us to reflect on what the next steps should be.
The Local Government Association has launched the green paper – What next for devolution? – in an attempt to unblock some frustrations and debate some concerns.
The green paper sets out some ideas and a series of big questions to structure the conversations that are already happening in towns, cities, villages, streets and high streets up and down the country.