Dan Peters 13 December 2019

Devolution revolution expected after Johnson wins

Devolution revolution expected after Johnson wins image

Local government was this morning expecting a devolution revolution after Prime Minister Boris Johnson secured a sweeping election win.

Mr Johnson’s Conservative party secured 364 seats – its biggest majority since Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

Former London mayor Mr Johnson previously used his first months in office to launch a devolution charm offensive, backing more mayoral models and extended powers for existing deals.

There will now be pressure on him to channel resources and power to those areas that helped him to retain the keys to Number 10 after the Conservatives were criticised for a lack of public spending during the election campaign.

After Labour lost 60 seats, leader Jeremy Corbyn has announced plans for his departure.

Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of the LGiU, warned Mr Johnson that Brexit shouldn't be the only thing on the agenda: 'Local authority finances are in a dire state after a decade of cuts with councils up and down the country struggling to keep basic statutory services going.

'Councils are currently left in limbo with no clear indication as to how they will be funded from the end of next year and no certainty as to when a financial settlement for the year ahead will be confirmed.

'The new UK government needs to address the unfinished business of localism for a new decade. Sustainable reform of local government finances should be at the top of their agenda.'

Cllr James Jamieson, chairman of the Local Government Association, said: 'One of its first priorities must be to publish the provisional 2020 Local Government Finance Settlement as soon as possible and no later than Parliament rising for the Christmas recess.

'This is absolutely vital to give councils the certainty and time they need to plan how to provide the vital local services our communities rely on next year.'

SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Child and Family Support Worker

Essex County Council
Plus Excellent Benefits
The purpose of this role is to work within frontline teams to support the delivery of effective Children's Social Work. England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Part Time Community Rail Partnership Officer

Essex County Council
£24000 - £26275 per annum + Plus Excellent Benefits Package
Please note that this position is being offer on a part time basis, covering 23 hours per week. Working Pattern TBC. England, Essex, Rochford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Duty Officer

Telford & Wrekin Council
£19,554 - £21,166
The successful candidate will work across a rota pattern that includes regular evening and weekend working and will be responsible for... Telford, Shropshire
Recuriter: Telford & Wrekin Council

Business Support Officer - Learning and Early Support

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£19,554 - £21,166
Duties will include... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Plant and Motor Vehicle Technician - 3 jobs

Kirklees Metropolitan Council
£24,799 - £26,317
You will carry out vehicle inspections, servicing, maintenance and repairs to vehicles and plants operated by Kirklees Council in... Kirklees, West Yorkshire
Recuriter: Kirklees Metropolitan Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how public sector organisations can unlock the hidden value in their land, and why a new approach to construction could help boost the outcomes of the Government’s One Public Estate programme.

The December issue also considers why learnings from ancient cities could provide the key to promoting wellbeing in the modern built environment. It also contains a case study on how the London Borough of Westminster has provided high quality care for the elderly alongside a block of luxury apartments.

Register for your free digital issue