Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

NEW LOCAL GOVERNMENT NETWORK CALLS FOR DEVOLUTION

  • Comment
The next step in devolution should be sub-regional boards based around large English cities led by elected mayors, ...
The next step in devolution should be sub-regional boards based around large English cities led by elected mayors, the New Local Government Network has suggested.

It argues there is no demand for full-scale regional devolution along the lines of Scotland and Wales, while its own ideas could be implemented without primary legislation.

NLGN executive director John Williams said such boards could cover around 38% of the English population, including most of the country's most deprived areas. The boards would lend democratic legitimacy to areas such as economic development, transport, planning and culture because they would include the city mayor as well as elected members from each of the neighbouring boroughs.

Mr Williams suggested chairs of health authorities and Learning and Skills Councils could also serve on the boards, as well as chief constables and business and voluntary sector leaders.

He said: 'Nobody advocates or is seriously hoping for a law-making capacity but what there is is a functional deficit issue between local and central government.'
  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.