Welcome to our final DevoIntelligence for 2016 and what a hell of a year it has been! In January, the “devolution revolution” was full steam ahead, with 38 deals on the table. As the year comes to a close, I can only conclude that the English devolution landscape has become as unprecedented and unpredictable as everything else in 2016. But with elections in at least five of our major city regions in just six months’ time I can confirm that devolution is on track and we will definitely see more deals being struck. Despite the twists and turns, there remains a consensus view that devolution is the right, and only, direction of travel and the best route to deliver Ms May’s “taking back control” mantra.
Indeed, Sajid Javid said at a recent meeting of the Yorkshire APPG that his priority until the New Year is to see to a conclusion of the ten devolution deals that he inherited from Greg Clark. It’s a mixed bag: as you can read later, in East Anglia a deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has been struck but the Greater Lincolnshire deal is, in his words, “dead”. Meanwhile there remain big question marks over South Yorkshire with candidate selection delayed yet again. What he also said is that despite Brexit – arguably because of it – there will be time to consider a wider range of deals in 2017.
So what’s on our DevoAgenda for 2017? DevoConnect has a full programme of activity and events in 2017 as we continue to keep you informed of all the Devo news and views:
- DevoIntelligence is back on Friday 6th January Look out for our guest blogs from TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady and mayoral candidates Andy Burnham and Sion Simon in the new year
- Come to Devo Question Time and put your questions to candidates and leading commentators: Save the Dates!
2nd February 2017 17.30 – 19.30 Manchester Town Hall
9th February 2017 17.30 – 19.30 Yorkshire Building Society, Leeds
2nd March 2017 17.30 – 19.30 Birmingham University
9th March 2017 17.30 – 19.30 Liverpool
- Devo Next: DevoConnect has teamed up with the Smith Institute to examine key devo policy areas and inform the devo debate as candidates’ ambitions and policies take shape and manifestos are written. Get in touch if you want to find out more about how to get involved in this exciting thought leadership project.