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Devolution and the new Government: preparing for a ‘mission-led’ approach to combined authority governance

July 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Devolution – it’s the buzzword on everyone’s lips. As political discussions heat up, the latest update to the Good Scrutiny Guide now includes a critical focus on combined authorities. We advocate for “velvet devolution,” a consensual and cooperative transfer of powers rather than a top-down imposition. This means empowering regional councils to navigate the landscape effectively as well as putting in place effective regional structures where appropriate.  
We find that devolution can be a polarising topic, like Marmite! Does it offer the opportunity of locally connected regional government, or react to the needs of local people? Or is it a political minefield touting the panacea of solving all problems but creating more?

At CfGS we are interested in sparking the conversation and holding up a mirror to the practical realities of governance. Maintaining momentum in devo-councils is crucial. We are interested in what good and healthy devolution looks like and what it may need to succeed. 

It’s not just about the statutory framework; it’s about whether councils are ready to embrace these changes and build resilience and strength into their new roles. It includes how to make devolution work, highlighting best practices and providing a roadmap for effective implementation. Where devolution happens, robust scrutiny and active challenge is essential.

Join the conversation on how to make devolution a success, ensuring it serves as a force for good governance and positive change.

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July 25
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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