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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.

Published with the support of Core Cities UK, the report calls on the government to establish anIndependent City Devolution Commission (the equivalent of the Smith Commission for city devolution), in order to quickly work up policy detail and guide draft legislation.