Devolution Bulletin – December 2023

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Devolution Bulletin

December 2023

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Welcome to December’s edition of the LGA’s Devolution Bulletin.  

This is a very short bulletin to wish you all well for the festive season and look forward to your continuing support in 2024.  

We are still seeking your views on this bulletin and if you have a few minutes between your holiday activities can I urge you to fill in the readership survey  Devolution Bulletin Readership Survey 2023 or send you thoughts and idea on the bulletin to The survey will remain open until early January 2024.  


Eighteen deals and counting: finding meanings in England’s devolution deals 

Mark Sandford argues that devolution within England offers a means of improving policy outcomes with minimal additional cost, but notes that the detailed practicalities of it will have as much effect on its outcome as declarations regarding new powers. He therefore suggests that changes in governance practice should be a core focus of future research initiatives.  

Sharing ideas

If you have any thoughts or ideas that you want to share with Jenni, the LGA’s Policy Lead on Devolution Support, regarding this bulletin or the types of support that the LGA offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via email 

The LGA is always looking to hear from authorities who already have a devolution deal in place or are starting on their devolution journey to show case their work – especially where this activity will help inform others who may be experiencing similar issues.  

Please pass this bulletin on to any individuals or teams who you may think would benefit from it and if you are not already on our mailing list but would like to join, please go to and register your interest.   

 For wider LGA support, please contact your regional principal adviser.