Since the election George Osborne has been flying the flag for city devolution. We knew early on that a Cities (now with added ‘Local Government’) Devolution Bill would feature in the Queen’s speech.
In a country as centralised as the UK it’s easy to assume that everyone, outside of Whitehall at least, is on board with the chancellor’s flagship project. But I’m not so sure.
Whether it’s party politics; worries about winners and losers; or a belief in centralism – many groups may need convincing if the devolution ambition is to be realised.
Read the rest of the article in the MJ (£).