Decentralisation of power: key issues for the 2010 Parliament

Central lobby


There is tension between competing desires to reduce the influence of unaccountable ‘quangos’ and to de-politicise controversial decisions

Devolution evolution

There are moves to advance devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

England in the Union

Where does England fit in the increasingly devolved United Kingdom?

Financing local government

Public finance difficulties are not restricted to central government


Efforts to increase public involvement in local communities and public services may face challenges


Is neighbourhood-level monitoring of neighbourhood policing counter-productive?

Latest Key Issues

The Commons Library has produced a Key Issues for the new Parliament 2015.