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Publish an English Devolution White Paper

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We will publish an English Devolution White Paper setting out our plans next year.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.29

Our verdict

  • This a pledge to publish an English Devolution White Paper setting out plans to give local government more extensive powers.
  • The Queen’s Speech in December 2019 confirmed the government’s commitment to an English Devolution White Paper, and on 2 July 2020 at the Local Government Conference, the Housing Secretary and the Minister for Regional Growth and Local Government both restated the promise, saying publication is planned for autumn 2020.
  • If the white paper appears before the end of the 2020, this policy will be ‘done’; until then, it remains ‘in progress’.

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