Devolution ‘underpowered under austerity cosh’

By Thomas Bridge | 21 July 2016

Devolution is failing under the ‘austerity cosh’ and only handing ‘piecemeal’ housing powers to local authorities, a damning pair of reports has concluded.

A joint study from the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute and Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) today said the Government’s approach to decentralising powers had been ‘underpowered’ and ‘too constrained by the Treasury’s economic and social model’.

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