THE leaders and mayors of the cities at the centre of the ten largest economic areas outside London in England, Scotland and Wales are calling for radical reform of the Comprehensive Spending Review ahead of this week's Emergency Budget.
An ambitious new time-table for the clear and transparent devolution of power away from Whitehall to UK cities must quickly be put in place by the next government in order that agreements are made with all major UK metros by spring 2020, according to the latest report from the independent RSA think-tank.
A new report from Respublica launched at the Core Cities UK Devolution Summit on 10th February 2015.
Restoring Britain’s City States: Devolution, public service reform and local economic growth
The debate on devolution, not only between parliaments, but for cities and other places across the whole of the UK, has never been more important to the future of our country. In the runup to the 2015 General Election all major parties have committed to devolution in some form and it will be a key issue in manifestos.
In this the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, there is a need to think again about how we build a modern, mature state for the UK.
We propose a revolution in the way our country is governed. We want to shift the blance of power from a remote Westminster, Holyrood Stormont and Cardiff Bay to local people who know their places best, putting the principles of our Modern Charter for Local Freedom into new legistation with cross-party support.
The leaders of the Core Cities cities have gathered in Glasgow to launch the Modern Charter for Local Freedom, setting out the powers our cities and their regions need to improve lives and boost the economy.
The charter, launched in the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carta, sets out the basic principles on how powers can be devolved from national parliaments to drive prosperity, increase equality and strengthen democracy.
Core Cities UK will unveil a ‘Magna Carta for the 21st century’ to mark its devolution summit taking place in Glasgow on 9th of February.
The Modern Charter for Local Freedom calls for further devolution to cities and their regions and questions the right of central government to dictate so much of what local government does, and what people can decide.