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Devolution summit to explore shire options 

County council and district chiefs will hold a summit this week aimed at ensuring England’s shire areas deliver a devolution dividend for millions of residents and tens of thousands of businesses.

Leaders from the County Councils Network (CCN) and the District Councils’ Network (DCN) will take part in an event, held at PA Consulting Group’s London office on Thursday 8 October, at which they will discuss the work areas being undertaken locally and understand how counties and districts can best respond to this emerging devolutionary world. 

This event will build on progress counties and districts have made in setting out unified and ambitious proposals which we expect will lead to a raft of deals over the coming months.

Government devolution expert Andrew Campbell – on secondment to the Local Government Association from the Department for Communities and Local Government – will also set out what is at stake for local authorities in delivering ambitious growth plans that maximise the opportunities for the transfer of economic and financial powers from Whitehall.

County and district partners will provide an update on progress with negotiations and stimulate a debate on barriers to progress and lessons to be learned in dealing with Government.

Delegates will also participate in workshops – led by leading local government facilitator Phil Swann from Shared Intelligence – which are designed to help counties and districts overcome any barriers to devolution and formulate the best solutions for individual county and district areas.  

County Councils Network chairman, Cllr Paul Carter, said: “My priority for CCN this year is to continue the momentum on devolution. A devolution deal for England is an imperative. I believe local government at all levels should have an enhanced role in influencing the totality of public expenditure in our areas. Our track record of delivering efficient and effective services over the last five years out performs all other parts of public expenditure.”

District Councils’ Network chairman, Cllr Neil Clarke, said: “Our members are fully committed to making the historic devolution of powers work for the people and places we serve. This district/county initiative demonstrates that we recognise the importance of collaboration and shows a firm commitment to change how we operate, so that devolution has real and beneficial outcomes. It is a practical and constructive approach from our two networks to secure the best interests of the communities and businesses we jointly serve.”

David Rees, head of local government services at PA Consulting Group, said: “We are delighted to be hosting this event, which is being chaired by Sir Merrick Cockell, a senior advisor to PA.  We are excited that our experts, including Ed Parker, will be presenting and helping to facilitate the day and we are pleased to be supporting both networks explore practical ways to move forward on one of the sector’s most important agendas.”

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Notes to editors:

About County Councils Network (CCN)

CCN is a network of 37 County Councils and Unitary authorities that serve county areas. CCN is a cross party organisation whose views carry particular weight for a large proportion of the country outside the big conurbations: its 37 member councils, with over 2,500 Councillors, serve 23 million people or 47% of the population, over 44 thousand square miles or 85% of England.

CCN is a member led organisation, and works on an inclusive and all party basis. CCN Council and Executive Committees include Councillors from each of our member authorities. CCN recognises that member authorities must have the right to respond to their communities in different ways and seeks to make representations to government which can be supported by all member authorities.

About District Councils’ Network

The District Councils’ Network is a member led network of 200 district councils. We are a Special Interest Group of the Local Government Association (LGA), and provide a single voice for district councils within the LGA and to Central Government.

The District Councils’ Network was established in 2009 and works on behalf of all district councils nationwide.  We lobby central government, the political parties and other stakeholders directly on behalf of our members, as well as commissioning research, providing support, and sharing best practice.

  • All district councils are represented on the Network’s Assembly by council leaders nationwide. 
  • An elected group of leaders represent the district councils nationwide on 22-strong Executive. 
  • A corresponding group of Chief Executives represent councils on the Chief Executives Network.

About PA Consulting Group

PA is an employee-owned firm of over 2,500 people, operating globally from offices across North America, Europe, the Nordics, the Gulf and Asia Pacific. Our specific expertise is in energy and utilities, financial services, health, life sciences, consumer and manufacturing, government, defence and security, transport and logistics.

Our deep industry knowledge together with skills in management consulting, technology and innovation allows us to challenge conventional thinking and deliver exceptional results with lasting impact.

To find out more about how we are helping local governments, please contact us now.

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