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The Devolution APPG is an open group for discussion on the need for a UK-wide devolution settlement. It was established to give parliamentarians and sector stakeholders an opportunity to assess the effectiveness of devolution in non-metropolitan England. It provides a cross-party parliamentary space for an open discussion on the need for a UK-wide devolution settlement. The Group is sponsored by the LGA.

Group officers

Chair: Andrew Lewer MP
MP for Northampton South

Andrew was first elected in June 2017 and is the only politician in Britain to have served as an MP, an MEP and a Council Leader. Representing the East Midlands, Andrew was elected to the European Parliament in the 2014 elections. He was the European Conservative and Reformists (ECR) Group Coordinator for both the Culture and Education and the Regional Development Committees. He received his MBE in 2014 for his services as Leader of Derbyshire County Council from 2009 to 2013 and as Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association from 2011 to 2014.

The qualifying officers for the APPG are:

  • Dr Jamie Wallis MP
  • Catherine West MP
  • Lord Kerslake
  • Lord Soley
  • Lord Tyler
  • Craig Williams
  • Lord Foulkes
  • Wayne David MP
  • Baroness Eaton
  • Lord Purvis
  • Henry Smith MP

Inquiry into the role that central government has in making a success of devolution in England

The Devolution APPG has launched an open call for evidence for our inquiry into the role that central government has in making a success of devolution in England. The deadline for written submissions is Friday 8 January 2021. We welcome submissions from any interested stakeholders.

Terms of Reference:

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Submissions:

Please send your submissions with the subject line: ‘Devolution APPG – Inquiry Submission’, to devolutionappg@connectpa.co.uk.

We welcome concise responses which share well-evidenced insights. Your submission will be used to inform a full report that will be published in early 2021.

Purpose of the inquiry

English devolution is key to delivering on the government’s ambitions to ‘level up’ the country. Unless local leaders can determine policy and control local budgets, their ambitions will continue to be limited. The UK’s prosperity depends on local factors including housing, skills provision, the ability to fund services, land use and transport connections as well as the availability of public goods and services. Devolving and decentralising power and enabling local people to make decisions in these areas will create the conditions for sustainable growth, better public services and a stronger society.

The English devolution agenda has most recently focused on the creation of combined authorities, formed by two or more local authorities, in many cases led by a directly elected metro mayor. Various powers and budgets have been transferred to combined authorities from Whitehall, based on ‘devolution deals’ negotiated between local leaders and central government. The first combined authority, in Greater Manchester, was established in 2011, and nine more have since been created, covering 10 areas of England. Eight of these are led by metro mayors and have concluded devolution deals with the centre.

This inquiry will consider how central and local government can work together more effectively, and how reforms in Whitehall could strengthen the principle of devolution and improve outcomes for local communities and businesses.

 

Video of first oral evidence session with Professor Francesca Gains, Professor of Public Policy, University of Manchester, Professor Colin Copus, Emeritus Professor of Local Politics, De Montford University and Dr Johnathan Carr-West, Chief Executive LGIU.

Video of second oral evidence session with Bronwen Maddox, Director, Institute for Government, Prof Philip Booth, Senior Academic Fellow, Institute for Economic Affairs, Jim Hubbard, Head of Regional Policy, CBI, Warwick Lightfoot, Head of Economics and Social Policy, Policy Exchange and Mark Sandford, Senior Researcher, House of Commons Library.

Video of third oral evidence session with Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Professor Alan Harding, Chief Economic Adviser, GMCA,  Cllr James Jamieson, Chair of the Local Government Association and David Phillips, Associate Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Video of fourth oral evidence session with Lord Moylan, Former Chairman of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee and Former Deputy Chairman of Transport for London, Deborah Cadman, CBE, Chief Executive WMCA and Kate Kennally, Chief Executive, Cornwall Council.

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    If you would like to find out more information about the Group, please contact Elliot Cochrane at the APPG’s Secretariat on DevolutionAPPG@connectpa.co.uk.

    The Devolution APPG is sponsored by the Local Government Association. More information about the APPG’s work can be found online here.

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