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Tuesday, 14th July 2015

Devolving Responsibilities to Cities in England: Wave 1 City Deals

Source: National Audit Office (UK)

From Press Release:

The government’s Wave 1 City Deals were an important catalyst for cities to develop their capacity to manage devolved funding and increased responsibility for economic growth, according to the National Audit Office. However, it is too early to tell whether the deals will have any overall impact on growth.

Measuring the deals’ impact on economic growth will require long-term commitment from government and cities to monitoring and evaluating projects and the deals as a whole. According to the NAO, the government and the cities could have worked together in a more structured way to agree a consistent approach to evaluating the deals’ impact.

City Deals are designed to empower local leaders and businesses to create local growth, and enabled cities to present their local economic priorities directly to government decision-makers. The first City Deals – known as Wave 1 – were signed with the 8 largest cities outside London in 2012, with government departments committing up to £2.3 billion to the deals, spread over 30 years.

The government has set out its ambition to continue devolving responsibility for local growth to cities and other local places. Today’s review highlights that both the government and local places can learn from the experience of Wave 1 City Deals to manage devolution to local places effectively.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

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