Stephen Exley & Will Martin

Power switch needs to go ‘radically faster’ – report

Call for devolution plans to speed up as failings of centralised system are highlighted

“The devolution revolution is taking hold,” proclaimed then-chancellor George Osborne back in March 2016, outlining moves to devolve further powers to the English regions – with skills provision one of the key planks of this shift away from Westminster.

The May elections saw the unveiling of the first mayors to lead combined authorities in six English regions.

But progress on devolving power and funding has been patchy. To date, just nine regions have finalised devolution deals. Even in these areas, the transition has not been smooth. While the devolution process for Sheffield City was due to ...

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