Regional assemblies with powers over economic growth, planning, culture and housing could be created in England's regions within the next few years. It is a crucial step forward in the devolution process and could answer the English Question: how is England to be governed following the devolution of power to Scotaland, Wales and Northern Ireland?
John Adams and John Tomaney have been closely involved in the development of policy on regional devolution. They revisit the case for devolution, arguing that it ought to be part of the Government's vision for a more progressive United Kingdom; welcome the publication of Your Region, Your Choice, but note that the mixed bag of powers reflects Whitehall turf wars not objective analysis; and suggest how the Government's proposals could be strengthened, so that future assemblies might better be able to tackle the very serious problems which they face.
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.