Progress on devolution in England Contents



1 Introduction

2 Current devolution

The Government review of May

3 The role of central government

The purpose of devolution

Whitehall and English devolution


Interactions with central government


Criteria for devolution

Transparency and public engagement with devolution negotiations

Devolution framework

What should a devolution framework look like?

4 Financial devolution

The necessity of financial devolution

Council tax

Business rates

Income tax

Tourist tax

Other taxes

Allocation of revenue from designated taxes

Other sources of revenue


Avoiding inequalities between places

UK Shared Prosperity Fund

Flexibility in funding

5 Devolution of other powers

Postcode lotteries


Existing health devolution

Extending health devolution

The Health Devolution Commission and the Health and Care Bill

Education and skills

Assessing current devolution of education and skills

Extending devolution of education and skills

Housing and planning

Assessing current devolution of housing and planning powers

Extending devolution of housing and planning

Transport and infrastructure

Existing transport devolution

Extending transport devolution

Devolution of other policy areas

6 Widening the geography of devolution

The need for wider devolution

Should there be mayors everywhere?

Local government reorganisation

Should England move to a unitary model of local authorities?

7 Scrutiny in combined authorities

The nature of scrutiny in devolved areas

What are the right institutions for scrutiny?

Local public accounts committees

West Yorkshire’s approach

Building a culture of scrutiny

Reform of the quorum rules

Complaints about local and combined authorities

The data for scrutiny

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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