The Local Government Minister announced plans in an interview with the FT this week
It's back to devolution again.One of my favourite British Politics topics.
What are the arguments for and against again? A brief reminder:
These can be considered as the arguments in favour of English regional devolution
These can be considered as the arguments against English regional devolution
According to the paper today:
"Speaking to the Financial Times, Robert Jenrick reaffirmed the government’s “full devolution” approach, outlined in the Conservatives’ 2019 manifesto.
Jenrick said there is “interest” in creating the three mayoralties, while in other more rural areas of the country county deals may be more appropriate. He told the FT: “We would like to encourage parts of the country that want to come forward to do devolution deals with us.
“We unlocked the Sheffield city region, we now have Dan Jarvis as the mayor.
“We’ve created the West Yorkshire devolution deal and have a fully elected mayor there. There are other parts of the country that are negotiating with us.”
Jenrick praised Andy Street, the Conservative West Midlands mayor, and Labour’s Andy Burnham for using their powers effectively to improve their regions, arguing that devolution is about more than handing over money from central government.
He said: “It’s about being more innovative in the way we deliver public services and believing that there doesn’t need to be a single model for the whole country … what we want to do is work with the mayors with further measures.
“We can encourage them and work with high-performing councils to give them more power over the delivery of public services.”
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