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Move civil servants North and more transport powers to the regions are the latest ideas on ‘devolution’ to be thrown into the hat

August 27, 2014

Two different articles relating broadly to devolution. Firstly we have Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, who wants parts of the civil service to be moved to ‘the North’. Article is here.

Secondly, from the Yorkshire Post, IPPR North argues for giving transport powers to the regions.

Yes to both but on their own they don’t advance the case for strong regional devolution. YDM is encouraged by the engagement of various individuals and organisations in the debate but really these latest ideas have to be considered in a broader debate about what powers and functions are devolved from London. Until this happens these laudable ideas will be lost like chaff on the wind sadly.


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