Laura Sharman 15 November 2016

New powers must be driven beyond town halls says new report

New powers must be driven beyond town halls says new report image

Devolution to local government will only be successful if power is driven beyond town halls and into local communities, a new report from the Co-operative Party has argued.

By Us, For Us: a co-operative agenda for enhanced city and county regions calls on combined authorities and newly-created metro mayors to further devolve decision-making to a local level.

This includes the expansion of community energy co-operatives, greater passenger involvement in the procurement and delivery of local bus services, and the development of employee and customer-owned co-operative businesses.

Shadow minister for communities and local government, Jim McMahon, said: ‘When power is passed simply from Whitehall to the town hall without a real community stake in this new settlement, we miss an opportunity.

‘This important report from the Co-operative Party helps us to understand how devolution can be used to level the playing field of our democracy, giving people a voice, a stake and a say in the way their society is organised.’

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