For or Against? The Case for Further Devolution

For or Against? The Case for Further Devolution

Released On 15th May 2024

UK manufacturers overwhelmingly support devolution, with the majority wanting to see the process across the whole of England better structured in order to deliver its full potential, according to a recent Make UK survey.

It finds that more than 70% of firms view decision-making at the local level as important to their future success, with over 60% wanting to see a better constructed devolution deal, underpinned by new laws which would pull together existing local authority and devolution legislation into one powerful act.

Our latest report – For or Against? The Case for Further Devolution – further examines these views and deciphers the complexities around the many types of English devolution currently in practice, before assessing the wider social and economic outcomes of the shift of powers away from Westminster to the regions.

With the appetite for devolution clear, our report sets out a series of recommendations, including improving infrastructure funding and talent pipelines, to not only create parity across all regions, but set the future direction of devolution policy so that there is a clear long-term plan to unlock regional success. We’d also like to see local and central government raise the profile of the devolved deals and the benefits they can unlock to help correct the current knowledge gap, which has left some 46% of manufacturers unsure if their companies are located in an area with a devolution deal.

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