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Double Devo – The case for empowering neighbourhoods as well as regions

Time Published 29 November 2021

Onward report calls for levelling up to expand neighbourhood control through local councils

A new report by the think tank Onward calling on the government to empower town and parish councils, ‘If ministers are serious about extending devolution throughout England, they should consider strengthening local governance through town and parish councils as well as empowering cities and counties.’

To achieve this the report Double Devo: Extending town and parish councils‘ proposes three key reforms:

  1. Give every local area a straight choice about whether to adopt a town or parish council
  2. Invest in the capability and legitimacy of town and parish councils
  3. Radically increase the powers available to town and parish councils to level up their place

Click here to read the full report.

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