Devolution Map


Devolution Map

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  • Six major city regions across England have elected Metro Mayors: Greater Manchester, Liverpool City Region, Tees Valley, the West of England, the West Midlands and Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.

 

  • The new mayoral combined authorities and Metro Mayors will take control of multi-million pound investment funds, and hold powers over skills, transport, planning and housing, growth, employment and a number of other areas.

 

  • The data included in the map is from a variety of sources to which we are grateful. These include: the National Audit Office, Centre for Cities, and local authorities. If you have any queries or corrections, please contact jack@devoconnect.co.uk

Regions in light blue elected mayors in May 2017. Click on a region on the map to find out about local devolution activity.

Greater Manchester

Bolton MBC, Bury MBC, Oldham MBC, Rochdale MBC, Stockport MBC, Tameside MBC, Trafford MBC, Wigan MBC, Manchester CC and Salford CC.

Mayor Andy Burnham, Labour
Headlines The first devolution deal, and the only to include control over Health and Social Care – worth £6bn in Greater Manchester.
Population 2,798,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £56.3bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Health and social care, Further education and skills, Transport, Business support, Employment support, Land and housing, Public services and limited finance powers
Investment fund £900m
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Sheffield City Region

Barnsley MBC, Doncaster MBC, Rotherham MBC and Sheffield CC.

Mayor  Dan Jarvis MP
Headlines Sheffield City Region’s devolution deal has been plagued with problems. A Mayor, Dan Jarvis, was elected in May 2018, but a devolution deal has still yet to be properly agreed with the government and Jarvis’ powers are unclear. Even before his election, Jarvis ran into issues – he was initially asked to stand down as Barnsley MP before running for Mayor. He managed to retain both positions after backlash.

In late 2017, 85% of voters in Barnsley and Doncaster rejected the government’s proposal for a Sheffield City Region deal, in favour of ‘One Yorkshire.’ However, in February 2019, the government rejected the One Yorkshire proposal, citing the need for a ‘different, localist’ approach.

 Population 1,819,000
Political control Labour
Mayoral vote date 3rd May 2018 for four year term
Economic output (GVA) £27bn
Deal stage Metro Mayoral election will take place in May 2018, but devolved powers have yet to be agreed.
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Cornwall

Cornwall Unitary

Headlines It’s the first rural devolution deal – but it’s limited in scope. A campaign for a ‘Cornish Assembly,’ similar to the Scottish Parliament, has been ongoing since 2000.

A 2019 Impact Assessment found that the Deal had led to increased prosperity, fairer funding, increased business rate revenue, balanced public sector finances and greater resident satisfaction.

Population 545,000
Political control Lib Dem & Independent Coalition
Mayoral vote date N/A
Economic output (GVA) £7.5bn
Deal stage Initial deal agreed in 2015.
Devolved powers Further education and skills (limited), Transport (limited), Business support, Land and housing (very limited), Planning for health and social care integration and EU Structural Funds management.
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Tees Valley

Darlington BC, Hartlepool BC, Middlesbrough BC, Redcar and Cleveland BC  and Stockton-on-Tees BC.

Mayor Ben Houchen, Conservative
Headlines Includes a £450m 30 year investment fund, of which the first £15m has been received and is being allocated according to the Combined Authority’s Strategic Economic Plan. According to Mayor Ben Houchen, the government is ‘keen to progress’ with a second devolution deal for Teesside. Mayor Houchen recently hit national headlines for his attempts to bring Durham Tees Valley Airport back under public ownership.
Population 701,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £11.4bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Adult skills funding, Transport (very limited), Business support, Employment support (limited), Land and housing (limited), finance (very limited)
Investment fund £450m
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West Midlands

Birmingham CC, Coventry CC, Wolverhampton CC, Dudley MBC, Sandwell MBC, Solihull MBC, and Walsall MBC.

Mayor Andy Street, Conservative
Headlines The highest value deal in the country, worth £1.1bn over 30 years. It is focused on generating growth from HS2 and could generate 100,000 jobs. In late 2017, the West Midlands agreed a second devolution deal to boost productivity and growth, including £6 million for a housing task-force and £250 million for intra-city transport priorities.
Population 2,808,000
Political control Labour (17/28 seats)
Economic output (GVA) £59.3bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Further education and skills (limited), Transport, Business support (limited), Employment support (limited), Land and housing (limited), Finance (limited)
Investment fund £1.1bn
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Liverpool City Region

Liverpool CC, Halton BC, Knowsley MBC, Sefton MBC, St Helens MBC, and Wirral MBC.

Mayor Steve Rotheram, Labour
Headlines Growth focused deal, with a Single Investment Fund that will promote the city region as a world class place for business. In 2016, Liverpool was a pilot area for the 100% business rates retention scheme.
Population 1,507,000
Political control Labour
Economic output (GVA) £29.5bn
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Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Further education and skills, Transport, Business support, Employment support (limited), Land and housing, Public services (very limited), Finance (limited).
Liverpool was granted additional powers in traffic, apprenticeships, housing and children’s services a year after the region’s initial devolution deal.
Investment fund £900m

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West of England

Bristol CC, Bath and North East Somerset Council and South Gloucestershire Council.

Mayor Tim Bowles, Conservative
Headlines The highest value deal per capita, worth £815 per person. Leaders are seeking to tackle the infrastructure deficit and deliver sustainable economic growth.
Population 908,000
Political control Conservative
Economic output (GVA) £26.7bn
Devolved powers Long-term investment fund, Further education and skills, Transport, Business support, Employment support (limited), Land and housing, Public services and Finance (very limited)
Investment fund £900m
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Greater Lincolnshire

Linconshire County Council, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

Headlines Deal currently off, after County Councillors voted against it.
Population 1,060,000
Political control Conservative
Mayoral vote date N/A
Economic output (GVA) £16.5bn
Deal stage Not being progressed
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Greater London

Mayor Sadiq Khan
Headlines London has had an elected mayor since 2000, with the current mayor controlling a budget of around £17bn. Since 2015, health and care powers have been devolved, and adult education powers were announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement.
Population 8,674,000
Political control Labour (9% point lead in 2016 mayoral election)
Economic output (GVA) £309bn
Deal stage Not part of the current wave of deals, but building on them. London’s powers have grown to be significant over four mayoral terms since the beginning of this millennium.

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North of Tyne

Headlines After the original North East devolution deal fell through, Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside agreed to push ahead with devolution.

Their deal includes an Inclusive Growth Board and an Education Improvement Challenge (similar to London’s), as well as £23m devolved Adult Education Budget. Momentum-backed candidate Jamie Driscoll will stand for Labour, after his shock victory over Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes.

Population 846,000
Political control Labour
Mayoral vote date 2 May 2019
Deal stage Deal signed in November 2017

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Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

Cambridgeshire County Council, Peterborough CC, Cambridge CC, East Cambridgeshire DC, Fenland DC, Huntingdonshire DC, South Cambridgeshire DC

Mayor James Palmer, Conservative
Headlines Originally forming part of a proposed East Anglia deal, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have now progressed their own £800m devolution plan. Whilst it faces geographical challenges (the region is mostly rural and lacks focus around one conurbation), the region’s overall strong economy provides an advantage.
Population 937,000
Political control Conservative
Economic output (GVA) £22bn
Devolved powers Long-term devolution investment fund, Further education and skills, Transport (limited), Business support, Employment support, Land and housing (limited), and Finance (very limited).
Investment fund £600m
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Yorkshire

Headlines Six different proposals for devolution have been put forward in Yorkshire. The most popular, ‘One Yorkshire,’ is backed by 17 of 20 councils, only excludes Sheffield, Rotherham and Wakefield. The only deal agreed in Yorkshire is the Sheffield City deal, which was disrupted by Barnsley and Doncaster withdrawing support and instead backing ‘One Yorkshire.’

However, the One Yorkshire plan, which proposed a pan-Yorkshire mayor and Combined Authority, was rejected by communities secretary James Brokenshire as it “did not meet our devolution criteria.” Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry has blamed Yorkshire’s councils for the failure to agree a deal, as Scarborough Council pulled out of the talks before One Yorkshire’s rejection.

Population 4,924,725 (3,550,070 without South Yorkshire)
Political control Labour (Conservative without South Yorkshire)
Mayoral vote date Unknown
Economic output (GVA) £88bn (all of Yorkshire)
Deal stage No deal agreed yet
Original deal NA

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