In summary we highlighted four crucial points to committee members conducting an inquiry into devolution issues. They were:
- Devolution is important to better delivering homes and jobs through urban planning;
- Solutions need tailoring to local circumstances, especially the contrast between met and non-met areas;
- Devolution may assist in integrating new housing and health provision more effectively;
- Relations between devolved areas (city regions, counties) are vitally important to housing delivery. They may be assisted by having single leaders who can negotiate with other areas and with government.
The Institute also gave detailed answers to 6 key questions from the committee.
Read our full submission here
The Communities and Local Government Committee announced on 24 July that it would be holding an inquiry to examine a variety of devolution issues, looking at the lessons which can be learned from City Deals, whether the Manchester devolution deal provides a model for other areas, and how the Devolution Bill will build on local accountability. Among other issues, the Committee will also examine the current devolution plans for London in relation to the Bill and how the devolution of health spending to Greater Manchester will affect delivery of health services locally.
Committee chair, Clive Betts MP (pictured above), will be speaking at the RTPI's Labour Party fringe event on Monday.