English devolution deals: report by the Comptroller and Auditor General

National Audit Office
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This report considers how central government is managing devolution deals being agreed between central and local areas. To date, ten devolution deals have been agreed. All of the deals transfer powers, funding and accountability for policies and functions previously undertaken by central government. The specific arrangements vary in each case, as they are negotiated and agreed separately based on local proposals. The report describes the English devolution deals that have been agreed so far, setting out the scale and scope of the agreements, and the new administrative and governance arrangements that will result (Part One); examines the role of HM Treasury and the Cities and Local Growth Unit in managing the devolution deals process so far (Part Two); and considers some of the key issues to take forward including accountability, impact measurement and capacity, highlighting areas that would benefit from greater clarity (Part Three). The report finds that all of the deals include an agreement on devolved responsibility for substantial aspects of transport, business support and further education. Other policy areas included in some of the deals are housing and planning, employment support and health and social care (Edited publisher abstract)

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devolution, local government, decentralisation, social care, integrated care;
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