Trailblazer devolution deal risks moving from one begging bowl culture to another
Response to the trailblazer devolution deals for the West Midlands and Greater Manchester Combined Authorities in the Chancellor’s Spring Budget.
“People won’t really take back control until power is transferred all the way to communities themselves. Without this we risk moving from one begging bowl culture to another.
“We’ve made the case for more radical, double devolution that puts spending power and decision-making directly into the hands of communities through participative processes such as citizens assemblies. Our research in Red Wall areas has found repeatedly that people care less about the role of combined authority and metro mayors in their area and more about having a greater say in the decisions that impact their lives.”
Courtney Stephenson is author of Demos reports on devolution, including: Movers and Stayers: Localising power to level up towns and Teed up for success? What the Tees Valley tells us about levelling up