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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 before 2021 setting out plans to give local government more extensive powers.
  • A report in the Financial Times in September 2020 said this plan had been shelved until 2021, “according to people with knowledge of the situation.” In response to a question in the House of Commons in October 2020, the government said it would bring forward the white paper “in due course”.
  • The English Devolution white paper did not appear in 2020 so this policy is ‘broken’.

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