Devolution

We need a real devolution deal

Devolution is a great opportunity. After years of oppressive centralisation, devolution deals offer local and combined authorities a chance to break free and forge their own distinctive economic and social destiny. Devolution is not, however, without significant risks and challenges. Our new joint paper ‘The Real Deal: Pushing the parameters of devolution deals’, a collaboration between the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI), explores the restrictions in the current devolution agenda, and presents ideas for new types of deals, heralding a more progressive devolution.

  • RESEARCH

    We need a real deal on devolution

    21st July 2016
    This publication starts to think through what real devolution deals could look like and potentially herald a progressive and endur...
  • Post-Brexit we need to build an economy for the many

    Framed by austerity, the economic reality behind many voters choosing Brexit was a future of little promise – insecure jobs, insecure public provision, insecure futures. As a result, many leave voters felt that they had little or nothing to lose. On the back of an economic recession eight years ago, insecurity and a social recession has been built.

    The EU referendum has shone a light on the failure of the treasury’s local economic and devolution model. The ‘devolution revolution’ may have beguiled some, but it has passed many by. The promised ‘northern powerhouse’ was a canny brand which few saw any tangible outcome from. Indeed, I know of many economic development practitioners who felt that austerity framed devolution and its bullish treasury-backed city agglomeration ‘growth at all costs’ approach was flawed. However, they rightly got on with it, longing for it to be just a start, and something to grapple, amend and make progressive.

  • BULLETIN

    The Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill

    8th September 2015
    This CLES bulletin does three things. Firstly it summarises the content of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill; second...
  • CLES 10

    Devolution: A Historical and Global context

    8th September 2015
    It is imperative that new governance structures actively accommodate the voices of citizens and the social economy; yet, it is onl...
  • BULLETIN

    Implications of the Queen’s speech 2015

    4th June 2015
    This bulletin will discuss the implications of the Conservative proposals outlined in the Queen’s speech and general election ma...