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How can England’s cities and counties make a success of devolution?

Cllr Ben Bradley MP joined us in Nottingham for the launch of our new report on how to negotiate and implement devolution deals.

Cllr Ben Bradley, Dr Hannah White, Richard Parker and Prof Sarah Hall on a panel discussing devolution deals.
Cllr Ben Bradley, Dr Hannah White, Richard Parker and Prof Sarah Hall discuss the findings of the IfG's report on the art of the devolution deal.

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Devolution deals have transferred control of various budgets and functions – including over transport, skills, housing and planning – from central government to metro mayors and combined authorities in many parts of England.

The devolution process is continuing. Five new mayors are due to be elected in 2024 – in the East Midlands, North East, York and North Yorkshire, Suffolk and Norfolk – and additional powers are being devolved to Greater Manchester and the West Midlands. A further wave of deals is expected before the 2024 general election, with Labour also committed to extending devolution if it forms the next government.

So how can England’s cities and counties best negotiate and implement devolution deals? How should they establish effective new combined authorities to run devolved functions? And what lessons can be learnt from the past decade of devolution?

The Institute for Government – in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Institute for Policy and Engagement – hosted a launch event in Nottingham for its new report setting out evidence-based advice for how to make a success of devolution.

After a welcome by Professor Jane Norman, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nottingham, Akash Paun, Programme Director at the Institute for Government, presented the report’s findings.

There was then be a discussion among panellists including:

  • Cllr Ben Bradley MP, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and MP for Mansfield
  • Professor Sarah Hall, Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Nottingham and Senior Fellow at UK in a Changing Europe
  • Richard Parker, Labour Party candidate in 2024 for Mayor of the West Midlands

The event was chaired by Dr Hannah White, Director of the Institute for Government.

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