This Commons Library briefing paper outlines the housing aspects of devolution deals that have been agreed between the Government and local areas. The includes which housing and planning powers will be devolved under the deals, what progress has been made towards implementation, and which other powers local areas have asked for.Jump to full report >>
Devolution to English cities and regions emerged as a prominent policy issue during the 2010-2015 Parliament. The first devolution deal with an English region was signed in November 2014, with Greater Manchester. Deals have since been agreed with ten other areas:
The deals are underpinned by the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016, which enables the Secretary of State to lay secondary legislation to establish an elected mayor of any combined authority area, and to confer local authority and public authority functions onto combined authorities.
All of the deals signed so far refer to housing and planning policy, with some features common across all or many deal areas and others only available to one or a few of the areas. Many of the deals also include a commitment to the exploration of further powers being devolved in the future.
Housing and planning powers that feature in one or more devolution deals include:
Areas that have agreed devolution deals with Government have generally indicated that they do not feel the deals go far enough and that they will continue to push to see more powers devolved. The funding streams and responsibilities on housing that have been devolved in deals fall short of what areas asked for in their initial proposals, which include:
Commons Briefing papers CBP-7841
Author: Antonia Jones