Thursday December 14 2023.
3 minute read
Will devolution deliver? A Camargue conversation.
We have more regional leaders than ever before, and a changing map of economic governance.
With new powers handed to mayors each year and further combined authorities on the horizon, how can we use this opportunity to promote regional growth and improvement across a range of sectors and services?
At the time of writing, secondary legislation for a York and North Yorkshire mayoral devolution deal is being considered by parliament and it is expected that a new combined authority will come into effect early in 2024.
Places across England are forging their own routes to devolution – and in North Yorkshire there’s been significant reform to get to this point, including local government reorganisation.
An election is planned for 2 May 2024 to choose the first mayor for the region. They will oversee a combined authority with a ‘level three’, £560 million, 30-year deal – with initial powers set to include strategic priorities such as transport, housing, and adult education.
Six months ahead of the election, Camargue hosted a roundtable discussion to draw on expertise from the worlds of regeneration, business, housing, transport, planning, policy and investment.
Since our roundtable event, four further devolution deals have been agreed by government – for Hull and East Yorkshire, Lancashire, Greater Lincolnshire, and Cornwall – and the next generation of ‘level four’ devolution with more financial control was announced at the Autumn Statement.
The direction of travel is clear. But is devolution delivering? What should it be delivering?
This report summarises findings from our discussion and sets out the key themes that industry is tracking.
You can download the report here, or read it below.
Feb 19, 2024
2 minute read
Better questions, better answers for a changing workplace
How should a business measure the worth of its office? It’s a question that came up at a discussion I attended recently on workplace trends. It might seem like a fairly straightforward thing to calculate, but as the world of work evolves rapidly, the answer is no longer as simple as it might first appear.
Feb 12, 2024
2 minute read
What could a Labour government mean for UK towns and cities?
Urban policy in England is central to shaping the socio-economic fortunes of cities and metropolitan areas. From the role of private enterprise in the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher through to the start of devolution for metro regions under the coalition, political decisions create lasting legacies. With a General Election potentially likely in May and the prospect of political change, what could a Labour administration mean for our towns and cities?
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