England & Wales, Scotland Communities and society, Democracy, devolution and governance

Seminar on devolution and local government structures

Join us for an online seminar discussion on devolution and local government structures – part of a new LGIU network and supported by the James Madison Charitable Trust. There are limited places at this event, so please let us know ASAP if you or a colleague would like to attend.

Following the Government’s announcement this week that the Devolution White Paper will be replaced by levelling up proposals, this seminar will look at the structures of local government in relation to devolution and will ask what local areas actually need in terms of governance and structure.

New ways of working and new partnerships with local communities developed quickly in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. In many cases, this took place outside of and parallel to existing institutional structures. Furthermore, innovation and adaptation are often seen as having emerged perhaps in spite of central government, and the relationship between different regional tiers.

With the national governments in both Westminster and Holyrood developing plans for recovery, “levelling up”, and reshaping patterns of governance, this seminar will bring together colleagues from England and Scotland to share experiences and ideas.

The aim is to start building a case for strengthening and supporting the institutions of local government so that they can accommodate new approaches, new relationships and new challenges.

If you would like to attend, please email rsvp@lgiu.org.

Who should attend?

Policy officers and chief executives interested in levelling up, devolution and local governance.