Governance and devolution: charting the way

Posted on 01/12/2016 by Ed Hammond.

Devolution is of interest to everyone in local government. This CfGS publication explores some of the common challenges around governance and devolution and how a number of areas have tried to resolve them. The research highlighted a number of key issues for devolved areas – principally the need for a clear sense for each local area to understand the rational underpinning devolution, and the existence of a “sequence” for the devolution process, at each point of which a space has to be found for scrutiny by the public and by elected members. 

This report will be of specific interest for those with a responsibility for managing the establishment of a combined authority, for developing detailed governance arrangements on a devolution deal, for overseeing or scrutinising the devolution deal process, and for a wider group of councillors, council officers, partners, and interested citizens. 

About the Author: Ed Hammond

Ed leads CfGS's work on devolution, transformation and on support to councils and other public bodies on governance and accountability.