Dr. Diana Stirbu on Chancellor's devolution revolution announcement
Following plans announced by the Chancellor, George Osborne, that local government in England will retain 100% of local taxes - including all £25bn of revenue from business rates - by the end of the current Parliament, the process of devolution in the UK enters a whole new phase.
Considered by many as a long overdue fix to the anachronism of local government funding, the move announced by the Chancellor has sparkled a lot of debate with regards to possible drawbacks.
Dr. Diana Stirbu, in a briefing paper titled 'A devolution revolution' solicited by Lexisnexis notes a peculiarly top-down approach to devolving democracy, and expresses wariness of whether we are seeing a genuine and equitable empowerment of the English regions, or merely a shedding of responsibilities by Westminster.
Dr. Stirbu is a specialist in UK devolution research and teaches on the prestigious Master of Public Administration programme at London Met.
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