Localism and Devolution January update

Dear all,

Thank you for signing up to LGiU’s Devolution policy theme.

2016 promises to be an important year for local government, with real opportunities for significant powers to be given back to local areas. Of course, there are challenges too, and we want to support local government to meet those challenges head on.

We’d like you to help us design our devolution research programme so that we ask the right questions, and address the issues that matter most. We’ll be in touch regularly throughout the year to keep you up to date with new reports, events, and networks. But for now, please take a minute or two to tell us what you think we should be focussing on.

  1. What do you think is the most important factor in making devolution work?
  2. What are the biggest opportunities that devolution offers to local government?
  3. What are the biggest challenges the devolution presents to local government?
  4. What kind of leadership do we need for devolution to work effectively?

So far  we have:

  • Gone to Rwanda with the Commonwealth Local Government Forum to support enhanced localism and capacity building. You can read blog posts from LGiU staffers here and here.
  • Launched a PhD in partnership with Queen Mary, University of London and supported by the ESRC, which will investigate the nuts and bolts of the devolution process
  • Published a Devolution Road Map 
  • Supported devolution bids for combined authorities across England, including a series of workshops in Suffolk and Norfolk.
  • Supporting #notinwestminster local democracy event 12 February in Huddersfield
  • Started to set up a devolution learning network, our first event in March is now full, but email Lauren.Lucas@LGiU.org.uk if you’d like to be involved.

Events: 

LGiU Learning and Development events you may be interested in:

8 March – An Introduction to Local Government Finance

22 March – Community Engagement in the current climate
4 April – Using Neighbourhood Agreements

See all LGiU learning and development events. 

Recent briefings (LGiU members only) that cover devolution include:

The LGiU is working to five policy themes in 2016. This is the January roundup for Localism and Devolution.  You can also sign up for updates from our other themes.

Andrew Walker,
Localism and Devolution Theme Lead
LGiU