Devolution must involve public and back bench councillors | East Devon Watch
Devolution: “Cards on the table” report | East Devon Watch
Devolution, councillors, secrecy and scrutiny | East Devon Watch
Here is the report itself:
INTRODUCTION AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
In September 2015 we published “Devo why, devo how?” – our opening thoughts on the fastdeveloping issue of English devolution. It would have been confusing if we had titled this new report “Devo who, devo when?”, but that is essentially its focus – exploring the critical role of two groups of people who we feel have been overlooked in discussions so far (non-executive councillors and the public) and when they might fruitfully and usefully “feed in” to the formulation of devolution plans.
In this document, we provide a clear and consistent way for local areas to address some of the principal governance challenges with which they are faced. This is not about thinking of governance during an initial “design” phase, or putting together a bolt-on solution once other elements of a devolution deal have been agreed. It is about seeing governance as a way both to successfully agree a deal – and secure sign-up from a wide range of local stakeholders – and as a way to put that deal in place on the ground.
Here the author of the report gives an overview:
Viewpoint: Public involvement strengthens the devolution hand
Viewpoint: Public involvement strengthens the devolution hand | LGIU: Local Government Information Unit