Last week’s referendum was a turning point for the devolution agenda. Just as Scotland’s near miss on independence sparked the current round of devolution deals, so the decision to Brexit could spark a new wave of demands for change: and this time, the calls for more local and regional autonomy are likely to be sharper and angrier.
The Leave campaign slogan was ‘take back control’. Its leaders need to show us that they really meant it, by giving up their own overweening national power and putting it in the hands of ordinary people.
The devolution genie is out of the bottle. As we debate our future sovereignty there needs to be a strong role for local governance. So now we know. Or do we? The UK faces months of uncertainty as the consequences of the Brexit vote, followed by David Cameron’s own exit, play out.
Our analysis shows that the current “North/South” divide narrative surrounding the decision to exit the European Union is too simplistic. Of the top ten Local Authority areas who voted to leave, nine are in the East or East Midlands. However it is no surprise that of the top ten authorities voting to remain eight are […]
Even if Whitehall departments could be persuaded to back a single template for devolution, their grand plan would probably be lowest common denominator stuff, fatally blunting the policy’s most innovative edges.
If we Brexit, we will need to find new ways for different sets of values and different models of economic development to cohabit on this little island.
The current commissioning process pits charities against each other in competition to access the ever-dwindling pot of public sector funding. Yet the voluntary and community sector is not a homogeneous group and should not be treated as such.
In relation to finance, it is no surprise that funding pressures were cited by the professionals as having a detrimental effect on quality and an uncertain future for public health. Funding cuts have been made in the context of short-term national funding cycles which separate out costs and consequences of budget decisions.