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How we've kept track of devolution deals

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Much has happened since LGC produced its first devolution map back in February, not least the Conservative’s decisive general election victory.

The new government’s explicit commitment to the devolution agenda appears to have galvanized some previously uninterested councils into talks with their neighbours.

To reflect the different stages plans or discussions are at, we have added an extra category to our legend.

An area having advanced discussions will typically already be talking to central government while those classified as having early discussions are at point where talks have largely been between local partners.

The situation is, however, moving fast. There may well be areas where things have changes since our research was conducted in July.

As before, we have endeavored to speak to as many councils as possible in order to get a picture of the state of play but there will inevitably be some we have not been able to reach.

Another addition to this map is data from the Office of National Statistics on population size of the emerging groupings and the  gross value added, a measure of the size of an areas contribution to the national economy.

With one or two exceptions there has been little change to the boundaries we outlined in February.

While in most places this suggest councils are organising themselves around sensible economic areas, our analysis over the page points to some of the places that are struggling to find partners and face being left behind.

Here we present a snapshot of our research. For full details of progress in all areas visit lgcplus.com.

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