The Communities and Local Government Committee explores two topics – health devolution and devolution to non-metropolitan areas – with different panels of witnesses.
Tuesday 10 November 2015, Grimond Room, Portcullis House
- Ian Williamson, Chief Officer, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Devolution
- Rob Webster, Chief Executive, NHS Confederation
- Councillor Linda Thomas, Vice Chair, Local Government Association Wellbeing Portfolio
- Councillor Paul Carter, Chair, County Councils Network
- Councillor John Pollard, Leader, Cornwall Council
- Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader, Nottinghamshire County Council
During the last Parliament the Coalition Government took a number of steps to devolve powers to local authorities, or groups of authorities, in England, for example, through city deals, whereby responsibility for various funding streams is devolved to local areas in exchange for greater responsibility for stimulating economic growth.
In addition the Government agreed bespoke "devolution deals", involving the transfer of further powers, with Greater Manchester, the Sheffield City Region and West Yorkshire. The Greater Manchester devolution deal also provided for the creation of an elected mayor.
In February 2015, a Memorandum of Understanding was published under which health and social care responsibilities would be devolved to "accountable statutory organisations in Greater Manchester".