It offers the opportunity to devolve powers directly to county and unitary authorities – rather than imposing a one-size-fits-all Metro Mayor model.
Powers over transport and infrastructure will help us shape the places of the future. Devolved skills budgets will get the support young people need.
Police and Crime Commissioner elections saw Conservative gains – well beyond reasonable expectations.
The third in a series of pieces on ConHome this week, looking forward to the elections this spring.
You wouldn’t want your name to be changed against your will, and nobody voted for their history to be rewritten by bureaucrats.
Local identities matter. Rather than abolishing small local authorities, more power should be handed down to them.
Instead of the current patchwork system, a new more effective form of local governance is necessary to unlock regional growth.
As county areas are so diverse, with differing areas having particular needs, strengths, and weaknesses, a one-size-fits-all approach will not work
People feel very passionate about their towns. They do not get so excited about their County.
A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.