Tentatitve steps in the devolution of power from Whitehall
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If LEPs are expected to drive the Government’s growth agenda, they need the tools to do so. That means devolving further resources, powers and freedoms to capable LEPs and getting to grips with underperforming LEPs before it is too late.
Since the announcement of the LGRR consultation, the Centre for Cities has been an active researcher, collaborator and discussant about the proposed measures. Our research provides a well-rounded and thoughtful response to the LGRR consultation, as summarised here.
Directly elected mayors have the potential to overcome some of the key local governance challenges.
Our survey has revealed a huge appetite for devolved financial powers – but cities will need to take a reality check about how many places will be in a position to take up new measures such as TIF.
The White Paper on Local Growth signals a new approach to local economic growth with a menu of new powers and governance arrangements
The 2009 PBR needs to set out how the Government will set the conditions for growth and fiscal responsibility. Building on recent steps to devolve powers to cities, the Government must now put cities at the heart of plans to create the conditions for growth and jobs.
This Policy Solutions note sets out some options for a radical re-structuring of England's Regional Development Agencies after the next General Election.
The Government will struggle to meet its aim of an 80% national employment rate - unless it grants cities greater freedom to get the workless into jobs, according to a new report from the Centre for Cities and the Centre for Economic & Social Inclusion.
Financial Devolution for Local Growth is an independent survey of public and private sector leaders’ views on new funding tools for urban investment.