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LDV hosts debate on devolution – “Just do it”

Lib Dem Voice and the local government think tank Localis co-hosted a debate yesterday under the title ‘What should the Lib Dems offer on devolution in their manifesto?‘. I started by pointing out that our policies were not a secret and we had been discussing the manifesto for the last year or so, most recently in Liverpool. But the debate still threw up some interesting challenges.

Stephen Williams, the Communities Minister, argued strongly that the next government will have to devolve a range of powers to local government almost immediately after the election; not only do all the main parties advocate it but there is growing pressure to do so around the country, especially post Indyref. The UK devolves fewer powers away from central government than any other country in the EU.

The Lib Dem policy is for more substantial devolution on demand, and throughout the debate the Lib Dems emphasised that, rather than impose a unified system straightaway, it would be better to allow practice to emerge from the grassroots as areas became ready to take on more responsibilities, as has happened recently in Manchester. As a first step, Stephen would prefer to see a flatter structure, replacing two tier counties with unitaries, bringing power closer to the people.

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Invitation to a debate on devolution to local government with Stephen Williams

Stephen WilliamsWill you be in London on Tuesday 24th March? Here at Lib Dem Voice we have been planning a joint session with Localis, the local government think-tank, under the title “The local offer: what should the Lib Dems offer on devolution in their manifesto?”

We are delighted that Stephen Williams, who is the Minister for Communities, has agreed to speak. Alongside him will be John Shipley, (advisor to the Government on cities from the House of Lords), Caroline Pidgeon (Leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the London Assembly) and Tony Greenham (New Economics Foundation). I will be chairing the session on behalf of Lib Dem Voice.

You are invited to join us at 6.45pm on 24th March at The Ideas Space, Clutha House, 10 Storey’s Gate, Westminster, SW1P 3AY, which is just round the corner from HQ.

The event is free, but please book your place in advance on the Localis website.

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The Independent View: how Liberal Democrats can provide Clegg’s “gear shift” in infrastructure spending

As Nick Clegg has recently noted, there needs to be a ‘gear shift’ in infrastructure spending. Whilst George Osborne dots the i’s and crosses the t’s on his third budget, it is worth considering how such a ‘gear shift’ may be enacted. Localis has undertaken just such an analysis, and this week launched Credit Where Credit’s Due – produced in partnership with Lloyds Banking Group – that illustrates how local government can help deliver a step-change of this type from the bottom-up. Though our report alights on many policy areas, from increasing the powers of LEPs to astute asset management …

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  • User AvatarGeorgina Sullivan 9th Jul - 5:27pm
    Peter Good question. Let's hope that it's not what it appears to be. perhaps Caroline Lucas ought to be involved as well?
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    "......that bring new thinking and approaches to traditional economics" The inclusion of 'traditional' is a bit worrying. 'Traditional' has led us into the mess we...
  • User AvatarLorenzo Cherin 9th Jul - 3:15pm
    David' agreed, do not want to say it, as old news, but the comparing of Sunak, was meant to be left wing, as opposed to...
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  • User AvatarTom Harney 9th Jul - 3:03pm
    I think that we will not be able to judge until the autumn, when the Chancellor makes his statement. Unless he is prepared to radically...
  • User AvatarDavid Raw 9th Jul - 2:40pm
    Gordon Brown wasn't a 'left wing' Chancellor. He was extremely cautious and stuck to Tory financial guidelines i n the early years of his Chancellorship....