On Monday 19th and Tuesday 20th October Cllr Isobel Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council and Cllr Heather Timms, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Heritage and Culture met with Parish Councils and voluntary and community organisations to explain the position of Warwickshire County Council in relation to the anticipated Government White Paper on Devolution and Recovery.
They provided an update on the current position and next steps, including opportunities to engage and shape any future proposals for change in local government structures. There were breakout sessions at each event and feedback was given from these followed by a question and answer session.
Both sessions were recorded and we have made an edited version available combining the presentations followed by the feedback from the breakout sessions and Q&A from both sessions.
We have been asked to circulate the this Letter from Warwickshire County Council Re Government reorganisation to all Parish Councils to provide an update regarding WCC progress and intentions regarding unitary authorities and devolution of services.
You might also be interested in two more reports on the hot topic of devolution and local government reorganisation. Power in Place: Devolution and Districts Driving Our Recovery by the District Councils Network (DCN) argues ‘devolution should back the success of districts in delivery’ and that they ‘represent the best of local government’. The think tank Respublica, supported by the District Councils Network and Unitary Councils Network, has published Size Doesn’t Matter: the arguments for place-based devolution which among its conclusions suggests ‘there is also no inherent reason why local government reform should be a condition for devolution’.